10 Brilliant Tiny Houses that are Revolutionizing Micro-Living

Inspired by the increasingly popular micro house trend, these 10 project designs came about for various reasons. In addition to being a cheaper option when compared to larger homes – both for construction and in maintenance – they are an ideal solution for people who want to reduce their material possessions and the space they occupy. Tiny houses have evolved far beyond cramped quarters into a custom being adopted both as a viable alternative to the unaffordability of housing and a source of freedom.  

These selected houses, each under 40 square meters, serve as perfect examples of innovative designs that provide a simpler life, while fostering social interaction between people and dialogue with their environment.

Check out the 10 examples below.

Forest Retreat / Uhlik architekti

Area: 16.0 m²

"We designed a compact enclosed volume – an object resting freely on boulders with a stern raised on a huge boulder. The enclosed black object made of charred wood contains one interconnected space with the dimensions of 3.1m x 5.8 m."

Quebrada House / UNarquitectura

Area: 40.0 m²

"The house "breaks" adapting to the slope and differentiating the private and public space within a single enclosure."

© Natalia Vial

Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins / University of Colorado Denver

"To satisfy clients’ lodging and storage requirements, and to facilitate completion in three weeks of on-site construction, the cabins were conceived as two separate elements, a “box” and a “frame."

© Jesse Kuroiwa

Minimod / MAPA

Area: 27.0 m²

"It’s practicality combined with comfort, it’s economy allied to nature, it’s a unique experience of housing and contemporary living."

© Leonardo Finotti

Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura

Area: 27.0 m²

"ÁBATON has developed the ÁPH80 series as a dwelling ideal for 2 people, easily transported by road and ready to be placed almost anywhere." 

© Juan Baraja

Diogene / Renzo Piano

Area: 7.5 m²

"The design has its origins in a recurring fascination that Piano has had since his days as a student: the minimum space that a person can possibly live in."

Julien Lanoo © Vitra

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

"The form of the Micro-house is designed to act as a combination of furniture and architecture elements."

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

Love House / Takeshi Hosaka

Area: 33.0 m²

"A couple chose coexistence with all things to embody the Love House, deciding not to install a television to better appreciate this rich space."

© Masao Nishikawa

KODA / Kodasema

"KODA is a sustainable and movable mini house with built-in IT that enables the house to learn from and adjust to its surroundings."

© Paul Kuimet

Cabanas no Rio / Aires Mateus

Area: 26.0 m²

"The project encompasses two spaces: one to unwind with the support of a kitchen integrated in the same material of the walls; the other as a sleeping area with a small bathroom and a shower."

© Nelson Garrido
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Cite: Delaqua, Victor. "10 Brilliant Tiny Houses that are Revolutionizing Micro-Living" [10 micro casas: um outro modo de habitar] 01 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. (Trans. Pimenta, Amanda ) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/804435/10-brilliant-micro-houses-that-are-revolutionizing-micro-living> ISSN 0719-8884

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