Many of us have heard, seen or been in the Tiny hotel rooms of Japan. They are basically just a 10x5x5 cube that you can rent for $45, which is a steal for Japan. I found this Tiny Hotel to me a bit more aesthetically pleasing. This is a single room in Germany.
I have once been in one similar in Austria, it was amazingly comfortable and had its own bathroom and shower! A little tip for when you are traveling and trying to save a a few Euros; The bathroom is considered a luxury and you can ask if they have rooms without bathrooms, this will save you about 10 to 25 Euros! The downside is of course that you have to shave a bathroom down the hall, but its worth it. Of course there are hostels too, which I highly recommend, but do your research. Anyway, back to the Tiny Hotel, check out this room and compare it to one you would find in America.
So as I said about a week ago it has been more and more difficult to find tiny houses, I have tapped out many of my good sources, but I have found some refuge as of late in German architectural firms. The draw back of course is that my ability to read German is horrid and I can’t really speak it either. Found this house which was a really interesting idea in a way to repurpose an existing structure, I have as of late seen a major trend with Germans doing this, perhaps it is the next step for us to?
They are going beyond just minor renovations, but huge overhauls, living in industrial buildings, warehouses and other non traditional structures. While we have see the re purposing of old mills into swanky loft aparments here in the USA, I have noticed the Germans seem to be taking this to an extreme, one which I think will become quite popular here in the united states as more and more of our industrial production complexes shut down and are sent over seas.
While the manufacturing in America is a staple of our economy, we are becoming an increasingly service and knowledge based economy, it causes one to pause about the future of manufacturing in America. The result is that we will have massive building that are left and the best thing to do is capitalize on such great spaces and potential, weather we use it for residential or novel commercial applications.
I have spoken of this before such as in my post, Rethinking Big Box
Today I found a small scale example – this is the TINY life after all – of this German trend, which I feel we will start to see here soon.
I found this great cube house which is a really interesting design, the photos during the winter of the exterior bring images of A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. Unfortunately I didn’t find many interior shots of this vacation home, apparently near New York. The best part I think about the house is the view, they are amazing!
Here is all I was able to find on the house:
From a holiday house one has usually another conception – a unverputzter, simple Kubus from Bimsbetonsteinen is there rather the exception. This house stands in the widths of the American continent, well 300 kilometers northwest from New York town center. The dwellings are distributed on two floors; The roof terrace is attainable over fliers. (Literal translation from German website.)
It was Simon Ungers’ Cube House that pointed me to Cornell University. He is a major source of inspiration for me, and living in this house makes that inspiration constant.
More photos here
So I found this little cottage over at a architectural photographer blog, the traced it to the builders website, which revealed a really interesting philosophy of building high end tiny cottages. The builder had a moment of clarity one day when it came to building vacation homes. While his who life he had been a traditional McMansion builder, he suddenly realized bigger is not better.
This is from their website:
“Clients often think that a larger room is more functional and easier to live in,” Lloyd says of his traditional building background. “But, in actuality, a well-designed, intimate space is always more comfortable.”
At a time when simpler sounds better to a lot of us, what makes this young company unusual is its streamlined approach to building custom cottages. The barn-like Bunkhouse was first, and the dormered Ocean Retreat cottage came next. These two red-roofed structures now stand near the water’s edge in Freeport.
They focus on building the majority of the house inside a warehouse, then ship the panels to where they will be assemebled. He deals with 100% locally sourced lumber in a manner that reduces the amount of waste.
check them out at Creative Cottages LLC