This concept is from 2 B 2 Architecture, a pod that expands to house people in the arctic zone. The pod is designed for researchers who are working in frigid climates, pulling solar power from an array on the roof.
The unit is made up of modular pieces and includes a washroom, work/rest area and kitchen. The structure is made up of a steel frame, and clad with carbon panels and polyethylene, thermo-insulating membranes.The mobile unit can fold up into an extremely compact form that measures just 2000 x 1600 x 2300 mm (about 78 x 63 x 91 in) for transport. The unit has pieces that can be pulled out later to provide more space
One feature I like is the bed to table transformation (on right of the photo below), while this is common in motor homes, they usually have a center pole to support it, while this one is mounted via the wall.
Found this awesome concept for a hotel that would translate nicely to a Tiny House. The really neat thing about this is that the skin of the structure is highly reflective so when placed in a forest it reflects the forest and almost blends in. The skin more specifically is mirrored so it reflects outside, but you can see through it from the inside. This affords a 360 degree view of the natural surroundings. The architect says it would be “hung” from the tree, which seems both unrealistic and very high impact on the tree even if it could hold it. None the less its a great idea! Check the architect’s firm out here
Many of you read a week or two ago about REBURBIA, a contests about revising the way we live in suburbia. Many of you understand that we need to relocalize in order to sustain ourselves. The day of the 1400 mile salad needs to come to an end. Anyway, the contest has announced its top 20 submissions and you can vote on them. Check it out here
I love kitchens and I really love to cook, so when it comes to kitchen stuff, I am a sucker for it. I thought I would share some innovative design ideas for tiny house when it comes to cooking.
I found this today when my copy of Dwell magazine landed on my doorstep. The unit is made by Henry Built and while its a upscale custom kitchen designer, you could easily come up with your own version on the cheap.
hanging utility rack
The really interesting thing about this is that a rail is mounted right beneath the cabinets, flush with the wall, on this rail you can add anything you want, whether it be a cutting board, a picture, etc. In this photo we see a knife block, cutting/serving board and a low profile colander. The beauty of this idea is that first it gets things off the counter, it also can be slid from side to side and its it takes traditional large objects and maximizes the space by taking advantage of the smallest dimension.
Ikea has something very similar to this called their ASKER system. The rail for this system starts a $8 and accessories hang from it start at
$3.99 and up. The one I really like is the dish dryer, which folds to be an inch deep.
For those of you who haven’t ever been to an Ikea, I really suggest you do, you can find amazing things that are great for tiny homes, it looks good and they are cheap cheap cheap.