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Category Archive: Tiny Houses

The Little Red Train Carriage

Matthew de Boer restored a derelict train carriage, handcrafting a beautiful and cozy living space inside. Read how he did it… When I came across this old 1969 Queensland Rail workers van, it… Continue reading

Treehouse Riga, a compact modular home | Appleton & Domingos

Treehouse Riga is a small modular dwelling with two bedrooms in a compact 44 m2 (474 ft2) floor plan. The tiny house was designed by architects Appleton & Domingos for modular home builder Jular. Treehouse… Continue reading

Maringotka, a contemporary caravan | Miramari Design

For those looking for something a little bit different, Maringotka is a contemporary version of the traditional wagon dwelling. Created by Prague studio Miramari Design, Maringotka can be used as a vacation home,… Continue reading

A backyard writing studio | Dencity Design

Tucked at the back of a suburban lot in Decatur, Georgia, is a small modern structure with a shed roof and a mini “tower” at the back. It was designed by Dencity Design… Continue reading

A small alpine cabin from an old granary | Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Situated at the junction of two valleys in the Pennine Alps of southern Switzerland, Le Biolley is a tiny hamlet with just 20 full-time residents and only 22 buildings. Traditionally a farming community,… Continue reading

Chalet EXP, a tiny modern cabin for Quebec’s wilderness parks

Quebec’s provincial park system has been introducing a new model of cabin accommodation with a modern design. Chalet EXP (“experience”) is a wood structure with a studio floor plan designed for two.

A small and simple house for a retired couple | Studio GAON

A couple transitioning into retirement asked Studio GAON to design their new home in a semi-rural area, specifically requesting a “small and simple house”. In carrying out their assignment, the architects looked to… Continue reading

A modern studio retreat in the woods | workshop/apd

This small studio was born of the client’s wish for a quiet retreat surrounded by nature in which to cherish the memories of his wife and the life they shared. The structure was… Continue reading

A yacht-like “micro villa” on the Danube | SHARE Architects

This tiny vacation house is surprisingly close to the center of Vienna. It sits on the Alte Donau (Old Danube), a linear lake created when a portion of the Danube River channel was… Continue reading

Casa Box, a tiny house with many contrasts | Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato

Casa Box makes a striking first impression. The bright white cubic form stands in sharp relief against the dark rock face behind and the enormous rounded boulder next to it. A closer look… Continue reading

Weekend Fun: Island sauna | General Architecture

This small outbuilding rests on the shoreline of an island in Sweden’s Stockholm Archipelago. Designed by General Architecture, the structure’s vertical larch cladding, weathered to a silvery gray, helps it blend perfectly with… Continue reading

False Bay Writer’s Cabin | Olson Kundig Architects

A writer wanted a private retreat that would provide a secluded place to work, connected to nature but free of human interruptions and distractions. Olson Kundig Architects designed this modern cabin for the… Continue reading

Tre Livelli, a studio dwelling with a stepped floor plan | Studioata

“Tre Livelli” is a tiny studio retreat above the seaside town of Alassio, Liguria in northern Italy. It sits on a hillside site terraced with traditional Ligurian dry-stacked stone walls.

Beth’s tiny California cottage

Our friends at Apartment Therapy hold an annual Small Cool Home contest, inviting readers to submit photos and a written description of their own small homes. The 2010 winner of the “Teeny Tiny”… Continue reading

The Polygon Studio | Jeffery S. Poss and WORKUS

This little building is used as a sculpture studio. It seems appropriate then that its architects would give it an abstract sculptural shape with a zigzagging roof. Galvanized steel cladding runs up one… Continue reading

Island House | 2by4-architects

The Island House is situated on a narrow island in Loosdrecht Lake in the Netherlands. The island, at 100 m long and 5 m (16′) wide, is barely wider than the house. The… Continue reading

The Arado weeHouse, a modern prefab cabin | Alchemy Architects

A concert violinist wanted a beautiful and well-built retreat for herself and her young child. The cabin would be off-grid, sitting at the edge of a cornfield overlooking a treed ravine. However her… Continue reading

A simple rustic retreat in the Czech countryside | Labor 13

A young family seeking a peaceful rural getaway selected a property in the northern Czech countryside. Once part of a farm, the property held the remains of a large barn which had decayed… Continue reading

The Marfa weeHouse, a compact desert retreat | Alchemy Architects

The Marfa weeHouse is a modern studio retreat in the high desert outside the artist community of Marfa, Texas. “WeeHouse” refers to the distinctive prefab building system developed by architect Geoffrey Warner of… Continue reading

Texas Hill Country cottage by Kanga Room Systems

This classic country cottage is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It was designed and built by Kanga Room Systems, an Austin, Texas-based builder of prefab structures ranging from sheds… Continue reading

Scott and Tania’s “Pint-Sized House” | Architrix Design Studio

Though looking very much like a restored Edwardian worker’s cottage from the early 1900’s, this small house was actually completed just last year. It is the home of Tania and Scott, a newlywed… Continue reading

Casa Cúbica, a tiny container home

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built housing, commercial and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short… Continue reading

The Box, a tiny house built by architect Ralph Erskine for his family of four

“The Box” is a tiny house in the woods hand-built by architect Ralph Erskine. He would later go on to design influential buildings in Sweden, England and Canada. In 1941 though, he was… Continue reading

Minim House, a tiny studio dwelling

The Minim House is an ultra-compact studio cottage with an array of innovative built-in and multi-functional furnishings. The tiny house was designed by Foundry Architects and Minim Homes to be efficient in every… Continue reading

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