Humble Homes http://humble-homes.com Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:32:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Elevated Toda House in Hiroshima Features Views of the Seahttp://humble-homes.com/elevated-toda-house-hiroshima-features-views-sea/ http://humble-homes.com/elevated-toda-house-hiroshima-features-views-sea/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13431 The Toda House by Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada is one of the most interesting Japanese houses I’ve ever seen. The entire house is raised off of ground level on steel columns, and wraps around itself while also increasing in height.

The Toda House - Tiny House - Kimihiko Okada - Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house is set in a residential area of Hiroshima. It features views both of the Inland Sea, and the forested mountain which it backs on to. The elevated building is split into a series of platforms that are set at different levels and help to create the “rooms” of the home.

The Toda House - Tiny House - Kimihiko Okada - Japan - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The clients set the architect three main tasks: to create view that would look over and beyond the roof of their neighbors house, to consider the security of the home, and to leave space for an extension as they would like to open a small shop in the future.

The Toda House - Tiny House - Kimihiko Okada - Japan - Dining Table - Humble Homes

These three requests resulted in the Todo House being raised from the ground level, providing views, an added sense of security, and space below for a shop. The house itself contains a number of living areas, none of which are particularly wide, but they are functional.

The Toda House - Tiny House - Kimihiko Okada - Japan - Staircase - Humble Homes

There’s an entrance hall, bathroom/washroom with a separate toilet, two bedrooms, a kitchen and dining area, a study, living room, and an exterior terrace. The occasional rise in platforms throughout its winding length help to define the different rooms.

The Toda House - Tiny House - Kimihiko Okada - Japan - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

Todo House contains windows from start to finish, with 360-degree views of the surround landscape (and townscape). The steel columns also make an appearance, punching through the floor into the living areas, and on up to the roof. The finish throughout is minimalist, with the occasional plant helping to prevent it from feeling too austere.

For more Japanese houses check out this house that’s set against and built onto a retaining wall. Or, this small house that features a river view and a stepped roof that serves as seating. See all Japanese houses.

Via Contemporist
Photos: Toshiyuki Yano

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A Small Holiday Home Set on the Dutch Island of Vlielandhttp://humble-homes.com/small-holiday-home-set-dutch-island-vlieland/ http://humble-homes.com/small-holiday-home-set-dutch-island-vlieland/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:41:33 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13427 Set on the Dutch island of Vlieland, this small holiday home features a fully retractable façade that allows it to open up to the outside environment. The house has been designed by architecture studio Bloem and Lemstra Architects on the behalf of a client.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Exterior - Humble Homes

The zoning in which the holiday house is placed is quite strict. There were permitted to create a new house that was up to 581 square feet (54 square meters) in size and no higher than 8.2 feet (2.5 meters). A smaller addition, up to 65 square feet (6 square meters), could also be added to the house. In this case they used this allowance to build a separate entrance.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Living Area - Humble Homes

The architects settled on a simple design: the more private areas of the home would be located on the north side of the building, and the shared living areas would take advantage of the island views to the south side. Hence the bedrooms and bathroom are found at the back end of the home, and the open plan living area to the front.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Decking - Humble Homes

The small footprint and overall building height help the holiday home to reduce its visual impact on the landscape, and the timber siding gives it a softer aesthetic than other cladding types. Elements of steel are also on show, mostly towards the front where a steel column that supports the roof has been left exposed.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Exterior Back - Humble Homes

The interior is light and airy (particularly when the glazed façade is retracted). The floor level between the interior and exterior areas is maintained creating a seamless transition between inside and outside. The open plan living area is taken up by the living room, kitchen and dining area.

Small Holiday Home - Bloem and Lemstra Architects - The Netherlands - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The back end of the house features 3 beds within two bedrooms. The bathroom, like a Japanese bathroom, features a toilet and shower that are accessed individually. The separate entrance provides a means of accessing the home during the colder winter months, without losing heat from the main building.

For more retreats check out this tiny writers cabin set in Asker, Norway. Or, this Norwegian retreat that’s been designed for extreme weather. See all retreats.

Via Contemporist
Photos: Bloem and Lemstra Architects

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INDAWO / lifePOD – A Modern Tiny House from South Africahttp://humble-homes.com/indawo-lifepod-modern-tiny-house-south-africa/ http://humble-homes.com/indawo-lifepod-modern-tiny-house-south-africa/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:24:00 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13383 This tiny prefab house is called INDAWO / lifePOD, and has been designed by architects, Collaborat000. Based in South Africa, INDAWO / lifePOD takes a different route than the majority of tiny houses out there – it’s a modern building that favors practicality over charm.

Tiny House - INDAWO - lifePOD - Collaborate000 - South Africa - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house is prefabricated and manufactured in South Africa. An individual unit measures 17 square meters (183 square feet), but they can be combined to create a larger structure, thanks to their modular design. It’s crisp, functional interior looks like it takes inspiration from a yacht or airstream trailer.

Tiny House - INDAWO - lifePOD - Collaborate000 - South Africa - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The result of a collaboration between architects and product designers, INDAWO / lifePOD is climate specific, and features wall details you’re unlikely to find in colder parts of the world. Not that this is a bad thing; they very much take advantage of their climate to improve the home.

Tiny House - INDAWO - lifePOD - Collaborate000 - South Africa - Living Area - Humble Homes

The entrance area features a comfortable shaded deck, and leads directly into a small but functional kitchen. The model pictured seems to feature two additional rooms, one of which is likely a bathroom/shower with a timber slat floor. The ladders lead up to an airy, and spacious sleeping loft.

Tiny House - INDAWO - lifePOD - Collaborate000 - South Africa - Back Porch - Humble Homes

Various details throughout make use of innovative ideas, like the rope guard that partitions off the loft, or the transparent wall that draws in lots of natural light. Plenty of operable windows and shutters are used to help promote natural ventilation, and it’s high pitched roof helps reduce the heat load in the lower areas of the home.

Tiny House - INDAWO - lifePOD - Collaborate000 - South Africa - Cross Section - Humble Homes

From the designers: “The INDAWO / lifePOD is a lifestyle and design intervention that affords home owners a comfortable, functional experience inside a small space; to live in confluence with the needs of the planet now and in the future.”

For more tiny houses check out Marco Pierazzi’s custom built apartment in the heart of Rome. Or, this tiny retreat on wheels by James Galletly. See more tiny houses.

Via TreeHugger
Photos: Brett Rubin

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Marco Pierazzi’s Tiny Apartment in the Heart of Romehttp://humble-homes.com/marco-pierazzis-tiny-apartment-heart-rome/ http://humble-homes.com/marco-pierazzis-tiny-apartment-heart-rome/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:35:04 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13394 This amazing tiny apartment can be found in the bustling city of Rome. Set not far from Pantheon, the apartment was redesigned by architect Marco Pierazzi, and features a host of small space ideas that make it one of the most liveable tiny homes out there.

Tiny House - Marco Pierazzi - Rome - Overlooking Kitchen - Humble Homes

On entering the apartment you walk directly into the kitchen and dining area. It contains a kitchenette with a 2-burner cooktop and a small sink. Storage for cutlery and cooking items is kept both above and below the sink and extractor fan.

Tiny House - Marco Pierazzi - Rome - Living Area - Humble Homes

Opposite the kitchenette there’s a small fold-down table that provides dining for two, followed by a staircase that leads up to the loft living/sleeping area. The back end of the ground floor is dedicated mostly to storage cabinets and a closet.

Tiny House - Marco Pierazzi - Rome - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The loft contains a sofa-bed with a TV opposite. The floor opening for the staircase can be closed off with a trapdoor, maximising the floor area. Back on the ground floor, a door to the back of the apartment leads through to a small, functional, and stylish bathroom. It contains a toilet shower and sink – what more do you need?

Tiny House - Marco Pierazzi - Rome - Trap Door - Humble Homes

Some people, like David Friedlander of LifeEdited, think it’s too small a space to live in for an extended period of time. I think it’s a good layout for anyone living there on a short to medium term, say students, or young professionals making the transition into the housing market.

Tiny House - Marco Pierazzi - Rome - Seating and Sleeping Area - Humble Homes

The designer and owner, Marco Pierazzi, now has a child, and has since moved on as it’s a little bit tight for him and his family. The good news is it’s now available for rent, so you can experience tiny living, and Rome in one go.

For more tiny houses check out these quirky, cozy shepherds huts by Canadian company Gute. Or, this prefab tiny house called Vivood that’s powered by solar panels. See all tiny houses.

Via TreeHugger
Photos: Marco Pierazzi

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Japanese House Has Rooms Set In Wooden Boxes – TASShttp://humble-homes.com/japanese-house-rooms-set-wooden-boxes-tass/ http://humble-homes.com/japanese-house-rooms-set-wooden-boxes-tass/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:49:52 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13333 The small house in Japan has been built for a couple after their previous home was destroyed in the Higashi-Nihon earthquake of 2011. Designed by architecture studio, TASS, the house features a number of individual box-like rooms with the space between them acting as a living area.

Small House - TASS - Fukushima - Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house is set in a developing residential district of Koriyama, Fukushima, a semi-rural location with mountains and rivers found nearby. The house however, has restricted views as the immediate surroundings are that of a busy neighborhood.

Small House - TASS - Fukushima - Japan - Entrance - Humble Homes

According to the architects, they wanted the house to be “enveloped in its environment”. To achieve this they stripped away the usual method of dividing up space. Instead, they chose to place a number of separate wooden boxes within the ground floor plan, which would individually cater for the different functions of the home.

Small House - TASS - Fukushima - Japan - Living Areas - Humble Homes

The space between the wooden boxes wasn’t allocated any particular role, but acts as a multifunctional area that the clients can adjust to their needs. The roof helps to tie together all the closed and open spaces, and its incline is steep enough to create a cosy sleeping space to one end.

Small House - TASS - Fukushima - Japan - Loft - Humble Homes

The ground floor contains a small kitchen, a closet, a library, a Japanese room, a washroom with a soaking tub, and a separate toilet, all in the timber boxes. Between these spaces the owners have fashioned an open plan living and dining area.

Small House - TASS - Fukushima - Japan - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

A set of stairs is found to the rear of the building. They lead up to a small sleeping loft and storage area. One end of the loft features a small balcony wall that’s lined with books. The houses unusual design allows the owners to open it up to the outside, where wind can whisk through the central living space.

For more Japanese houses check out this home that also acts as a gallery, studio, and a cafe. Or, this house by Takeshi Hosaka that features an unusual living area that can be opened, or closed. See all Japanese houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: TASS

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Au Bon Coin Gets Transformed into Modern Social Housinghttp://humble-homes.com/au-bon-coin-gets-transformed-modern-social-housing/ http://humble-homes.com/au-bon-coin-gets-transformed-modern-social-housing/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:26:09 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13319 This historic building in France recently underwent renovation works to convert it into a series of small social housing units. The renovation and extension was carried out by the French architecture studio, Atelier d’architecture Ramdam.

Small Apartments - Atelier Ramdam - France - Au Bon Coin - Exterior - Humble Homes

The building is known as “Au Bon Coin” and was originally built back in early 1900. The refurbishment includes the addition of a new timber clad structure, allowing them to maximise the number of housing units on the site. The timber add-on spans the width of the existing brick structure.

Small Apartments - Atelier Ramdam - France - Au Bon Coin - Kitchen - Humble Homes

With it’s new addition Au Bon Coin is now a mix of old and new. The brown brick of the existing façade is complemented by the wood cladding. The pattern of the cladding, along with the proportions, and positioning of the windows, helps to maintain a sense of continuity between the two structures.

Small Apartments - Atelier Ramdam - France - Au Bon Coin - Living Area - Humble Homes

On the inside, there’s no hint of Au Bon Coin being an old building. It features a simple minimalist finish, with white walls, and wood clad ceilings. There is no decadence in the fixtures and fittings; the kitchens and bathrooms are a simple affair, which is the norm in social housing.

Small Apartments - Atelier Ramdam - France - Au Bon Coin - Studio - Humble Homes

All told there are 3 units. Two single level apartments, and a third which seems to span several levels, each with its own kitchen (I’m not sure what the intended use of that one is). They range in size from 30 square meters to 45 square meters (323 to 484 square feet).

Small Apartments - Atelier Ramdam - France - Au Bon Coin - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

Each of the apartments is well lit thanks to the large windows, which provide views of the surrounding cityscape, including a nearby canal. Some environment aspects were also included: the new structure is made up of a timber frame in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint and the windows are operable, helping to reduce the need for air conditioning.

For more apartments check out this home in Madrid that features library-style partitions to double up on space. Or, this 87-square-foot apartment in Paris. See all apartments.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Michéle Constantini

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The Tiny Trek-in Cabin by Kristel Hermans Architectuurhttp://humble-homes.com/tiny-trek-cabin-kristel-hermans-architectuur/ http://humble-homes.com/tiny-trek-cabin-kristel-hermans-architectuur/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:34:45 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13325 Meet the Trek-in, a luxurious glamping retreat constructed almost entirely from recycled materials. The Trek-in is designed for a range of people, from hikers to families, acting as a pit-stop on a hike or as a relaxing getaway for the weekend. The cabin was created by MoodWorks Architecture and Kristel Hermans Architectuur.

Treck-In Hickers Cabins - Small Cabin - MoodWorks Architecture - Kristel Hermans Architectuur - The Netherlands - Exterior - Humble Homes

The cabins are constructed entirely from demolition waste. Building materials such as wood and insulation, as well as smaller items like the light switches and curtain rails, have all been sourced and re-used. Additionally, the architects make the case that the reclaimed materials give each Trek-in a sense of character, and history.

Treck-In Hickers Cabins - Small Cabin - MoodWorks Architecture - Kristel Hermans Architectuur - The Netherlands - Living Area - Humble Homes

The retreat was originally designed by 6 students as part of a competition run by the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology back in 2010. The design then went on to win a national competition called WoodChallenge, which saw the involvement of Kristel Hermans who would later work with Tim van der Grinten to produce the final version of the Trek-in.

Treck-In Hickers Cabins - Small Cabin - MoodWorks Architecture - Kristel Hermans Architectuur - The Netherlands - Kitchen and Bathroom - Humble Homes

The exterior of the structure is clad in what looks like light timber. Its overall form is apparently derived from shapes found in archetypal houses and tents. While the sides of the building feature few windows, the front and end are glazed into order to brighten the interior, and also provide views of the surrounding landscape.

Treck-In Hickers Cabins - Small Cabin - MoodWorks Architecture - Kristel Hermans Architectuur - The Netherlands - Window View - Humble Homes

On the inside the hiker’s cabins are equipped with a kitchen, a living area, bunk beds, and a bathroom. There’s also a small sheltered deck at the entrance. The kitchen comes with a two, or three-burner stove, a refrigerator, running water and cooking utensils. The bathroom has a shower, toilet and washbasin.

Treck-In Hickers Cabins - Small Cabin - MoodWorks Architecture - Kristel Hermans Architectuur - The Netherlands - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

Two versions of the Trek-in available, both of which are prefabricated and then transported to the site. The larger version comes in two parts, whereas the Trek-in Junior can be transported to site as a single unit. There are currently 9 different locations to stay at a Trek-in, in The Netherlands.

For more cabins check out this small, stylish cabin called F House by Normandie Lode Architecture. Or, this small, cost-efficient A-frame house in Belgium called the Tipi. See all cabins.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Campsite

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A Studio, Cafe, Gallery and House Rolled Into Onehttp://humble-homes.com/studio-cafe-gallery-house-rolled-one/ http://humble-homes.com/studio-cafe-gallery-house-rolled-one/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:26:45 +0000 http://humble-homes.com/?p=13347 Multifunctional design is one way to make things more efficient, and this small house in Japan manages to serve four purposes within its four walls. Called Ouef and designed by architecture firm Flat House, the building acts as home for a young couple, while also containing spaces for a cafe, gallery and art studio.

Oeuf - Multifunctional Home - Flat House - Tokyo - Exterior - Humble Homes

The house can be found near Nogawa Park in western Tokyo. The house’s name, Oeuf, was inspired by the egg-shaped structure in the center of the building, which contains the kitchen and bathroom. The total usable floor space amounts to 861 square feet (80 square meters), not bad for a building with so many uses.

Oeuf - Multifunctional Home - Flat House - Tokyo - Cafe and Gallery - Humble Homes

Bar its modern appearance, the outside Ouef resembles any other house on the block. There are no grand entrances, but there are a few small signs alerting passers-bys. It’s a simple structure that takes on a cube-like appearance with a few openings for windows and doors.

Oeuf - Multifunctional Home - Flat House - Tokyo - Staircase - Humble Homes

The inside, like the outside, is finished in a bright white. The floor looks to be polished concrete, and the linear form is broken up by the intrusion of the central, egg-like, structure. The wooden furniture and staircase help the space feel less cold.

Oeuf - Multifunctional Home - Flat House - Tokyo - Staircase and Bathroom - Humble Homes

The ground floor is loosely divided up between the gallery, cafe and studio, with no clear distinction between the spaces. The central portion contains a small kitchen, and a toilet that’s accessed separately. The toilet is a rather minimalist affair, but does add a splash of color with its blue-painted walls and ceiling.

Oeuf - Multifunctional Home - Flat House - Tokyo - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

The more private spaces are found on the upper level of the home. There are two balconies, one that juts out from the bedroom and looks down into the gallery space below. The other is a sheltered roof deck that looks out onto the street. The remaining space has been divided up with the bedroom, and a small shower in the corner.

For more Japanese houses check out this house by Takeshi Hosaka that features a “home within a home”. Or, the FKH House by Shintaro Fukuhara that’s been designed for himself, and his family. See all Japanese houses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Takumi Ota

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