So this tiny structure isn’t quite a house, but I liked it enough and it had enough potential to be one that I decided to go for it. This is located in Madrid as an exhibit, with its whimsical 100 port windows it has a certain charm to it. The body is constructed with glass fiber reinforced polyester its pretty light for its strength and size. This combination of materials also means it is inherently waterproof, severing as vapor barrier and structure in one. Some of the design of the interior could follow that of the German concert pipe house seen at the bottom of this post.
So this is an interesting house, it is pretty tall and voluminous, but in terms of actual habital space it is still pretty small, it has 3 levels but floors 2 and 3 are rather small. I still don’t quite understand why in many of the Japanese houses I have blog, they all had giant windows in the bathroom where anyone could look into, but maybe it’s a cultural thing. Regardless this house a house within it, looking almost like a mini log cabin, it creates and interesting visual element and connects the second and third floor. I couldn’t figure out what the exact square footage it is.
In this design the architect took an interesting approach, they set out to make a space that was very appealing. The outcome? a 220 square foot house.
“Instead of setting out to build a 220 sq. ft. unit, we set out to design a unit which we considered to be delightful. We started with a full kitchen and dining bar, and the rest fell into place. The L41 home is designed for a generation that understands the principles of “small is beautiful”, preservation of resources, improving the lives of others and enhancing our f uture by means of sustainable actions. With every inch of space utilized and many built-in storage solutions provided, L41 fulfills the maxim, “everything in its place and a place for everything”.
So this shed ranging from 64 square feet to 240 square feet can be set up in as little as 6 hours! While you would need to add the utilities this can be pre-configured for your needs. Here is what they say about the materials they use:
Currently Studio Shed’s prefabricated panels use a variety of green building materials. Every Studio Shed is constructed from FSC-certified dimensional lumber. Both the aluminum-frame windows and the HardieBacker siding are recyclable materials. They use Low-VOC paint on all surfaces and have engineered the structure to create an absolute minimum of waste.
So a while ago I did a spot on this house called “the penguin house” and was interested to find this National Geographic special on it and its use of light to make the space bigger.