This interesting Micro House is an interesting approach to the needs of day to day life. Taking space utilization to an extreme, the designers have taken very practical approaches to meeting the needs of the resident.
From the outside, the micro compact Paco House is a tiny cube, measuring three meters square. The contemporary prefab home boasts a minimal white facade devoid of details, yet it’s oddly intriguing. Designed with space efficiency in mind, Paco House was created with a minimal footprint – both physically and environmentally speaking – in order to blend into its environment with little impact to its surroundings. Because of its small dimensions, Paco doesn’t require an infrastructure. Eighty per cent of the home is manufactured in a plant, allowing for customization to the home and virtually endless possibilities for geographic placement. Paco House packs alternative energies into its small but oh-so-sweet design. This eco-friendly self-contained accommodation features solar and wind energy, water recycling and a biodegradable toilet.
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I had a heck of a time trying to find more information about this apartment. Here is what I know, it is roughly 7.5 meters, it is in Japan, yeah that’s it. The center block I think mainly consists of stairway, so you simply climb up the middle and exit there to the perimeter of the apartment. There does seem to be shades for privacy, but the bathroom is still left open.
If anyone know more about this please chime in.
Sitting at 600 square feet, this house uses reclaimed Douglas Fir and reclaimed concrete (no idea that they could do that). It is interesting because the architect stated he wanted to maintain the current environment, blending the house with its surroundings. Some how large swaths of concrete was they way they choose to do this….I don’t really understand it, but regardless, I like how it turned out. I am a sucker for exposed concrete and large expanses of widows, this house both!
One thing that they did really focus on was not to disturb the site when building, typically step one of building a house is usually to level the lot plus 500 feet in every direction, build it up with extra dirt, then drop a house on it, this was done in a manner where the ground wasn’t touched except for the actual size of the concrete pad. It was well worth it, leaving a house that seemed to sprout from the earth itself.
The house utilizes all green materials, with beautiful reclaimed Fir and large windows and clouded doors, the light flows through the house and, in turn, the house seems to flow outwards making it seem larger. The windows look custom to me, I have never seen windows like these and the way they open them is unique.
This house is pretty amazing, being that it is 600 square feet, it has two bedrooms, a bath, living room and kitchen.
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.
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