How much space does home need?

A deliberate and conscious lifestyle seems to be the topic of the hour in 2019. Less is still more – without sacrificing essentials. The tiny house movement, which has made its way over to Europe from the USA, shows us that a small living space does not mean sacrificing comfort. After all, it just depends on what you do with what you have.

 

What’s behind this trend?

The trend of constructing as tiny a house as possible started in the USA, but it has long since made its way over to Germany. In the meantime, tiny houses offer a serious alternative to the typical 90 Sq m German condominium¹. These tiny houses are particularly appealing to those of us who are tired of using our space as a storage room and would rather make use of it.

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Functionality und Design

A tiny house creates the necessity for tiny furniture, making it hard to avoid the need for custom-made furniture. Don’t worry, though! You don’t need a fortune to functionally and stylishly furnish a tiny room. The ultimate trick: invest in your furniture according to use. What activities take up the most of your day? Think of these activities when furnishing the room and feel free to invest a little more in what gets the most use.

How do you optimise a limited space?

Additionally, a few small tips and tricks can bring you some extra comfort. Through skillfully built-in partitions or shelves rooms can be, at least optically, separated from each other. Different colour palettes for each ‘room’ creates niches with a comfy atmosphere. Fold-out beds or sofas and storage bins offer extra storage space, while one part disappears almost unnoticed. Use a chest and box as a minimalist coffee table, have your kitchen table fold out from the wall. Fold-out wall units with an integrated desk provide a foundation for long nights at the desk. And finally, consider stackable or foldable chairs for guest seating.

An equally important, perhaps even the most important element, is the right lighting: a dynamic lighting consisting of floor, pendant and table lamps, offers variety and creates a cozy atmosphere. On top of that, the targeted use of punctual light sources provides individual accents.

 

Tiny Houses from all over the world

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Germany

Tinyhouse University / 35 Cubic-Home

Tinyhouse University is a Berlin based group of designers and artists working together to implement various tiny house concepts. At the Bauhaus Campus in Berlin, a research project has emerged on a new understanding of building – a tiny house living community of a different kind. The project aims to discover a new social and artistic potential. Thus, cafés, shops and the like are among the conceptual approaches of the artists. Meanwhile, the small settlement has moved to Wittenberg and can be visited there.


The model 35Cubic-Home was implemented by the Faculty of Interior Design at the University of Rosenheim and is intended to show which furniture really makes a home a home. The special feature of the project: The 9 square meter interior is equipped with a small kitchen and a toilet, but otherwise can do without a single piece of furniture. Bed, table and bench are not visible at first glance, but can be folded out of the ground easily if necessary. The hollow floor blurs the boundaries between architecture and furnishings, giving the concept additional tension.

The Netherlands

Wikkelhaus by Fiction Factory

The Wikkelhaus is based on the idea of a well-insulated, weatherproof and ecological tiny house. The concept of the project comes from the Dutch company Fiction Factory, which has been producing and selling furniture and interiors since 1989. With the Wikkelhaus, the company succeeded in implementing its largest and most successful project so far. The peculiarity of the Wikkelhauses lies in the modular design of the house. All segments, the size and features are individually selectable. With all sorts of segments, the house comes with a kitchen, a bathroom, a terrace and even a wood stove. 

As the name implies, the framework consists of 24 layers of eco-friendly cardboard wrapped around a wooden frame. Stability and protection from the weather is created by the use of a breathable film and the wooden exterior. For a try-out, we recommend a short trip to the Netherlands: The Stayokay hostel chain leases several Wikkelhäuser near the National Park De Hollandse Biesbosch, the perfect place to relax away from technology and united with nature.

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© LandArk

USA

Draper by LandArk

The Land Ark RV from Colorado, USA is another example of the perfect union of functionality and design. The ‘Draper’ model has a modern mid-century design and is ideal for individuals or couples thanks to its rather spacious living space of 30 square meters. From the gallery, equipped with large windows, you reach the bedroom via an individually designed oak ladder. The compact yet surprisingly luxurious bathroom has a sink, wall-mounted toilet and walk-in shower with recessed lighting and a window. The bright, daylight-flooded living area also offers a spacious kitchen and a fold-out U-shaped sofa that can also act as a guest bed. What more could you need?

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