Here is a art studio / residence located at an surfing artist community (who knew there was such a thing) made from shipping containers.
BadGast, which roughly translates to Bath Guest, is a modern live/work studio, located in a unique and artistic surfers village called F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain)
on the beach in Scheveningen near the Hauge. FAST is a new urban beach community with a strong focus on the arts, protection of the sea as well as surfing. The program for the cultural container on the sea began in September 2009 and every month a new person has come to work on a sea or bather related project, which is then presented at the end of their time
This tiny space started out as a unique work space, but evolved to include a fold out bed, solar panels etc. Wrapped in R30 insulation and a price tag of $10,000 it is a surprising low cost for some of the custom woodworking that is included.
This video while I feel like it lacks some substance, it brings up a good point about building something with your hands. I think that an appeal of Tiny Houses is that they are approachable for people with little to know building experience. It reminds us of something that is lost in our culture, where lack of this skill, charm and hard work sometimes are cut out of the equation when it comes to a home. Anyway, for your consideration:
16mm color film. 6:43 min.
Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd’s ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.
Once upon a time, I lived in Australia for a while, the thing that remember so clearly is how big the country is and how much space is available. The country is the size of the US, with a population well under 25 million, where 80% of that population lives within 50 miles of the coast, this means that the interior of the continent is very very empty. There is a strong sense of quasi cowboy feel to being in the outback, where I lived while I was there. This house not only captures that sense of the rough and tumble of the bush, but is sustainable too. In an odd way this prefab structure has a turret feel, almost medieval.
This prefabricated structure is sited in an isolated mountainous of Australia. Sheathed in copper, the 10Ã—10 foot building closes down to protect it from brush fire, as well as precipitation. The project also manipulates the elements by employing passive heating and cooling techniques and a water collection cistern (which provides running water).
This small building is an excellent example of contemporary modernism. Formally, it responds to the environment while maintaining a rigorously simple geometric composition. Responding to building technology methods, economy, and siting issues, the unit is completely prefabricated and installed on the site.
From: Casey Brown Architecture
Water catchment system
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