Humble Homes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:33:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Interior AK Fuses Simplicity and Upcycling To Create a Modern Home Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:33:13 +0000 This affordable apartment makeover has been carried out by Russian architecture firm INT2architecture. The project has been named Interior AK, and is set in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Much of the finish and furniture has been created from used pieces, or cobbled together from various items.

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The apartment contains a total of 667 square feet (62 square meters) that’s divided up between the main living area, a bedroom, a walk-in closet, a bathroom, and a balcony. The finish has a minimalist feel thanks to it’s bare bones approach (like the exposed concrete ceiling and the use of materials like concrete blockwork).

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There’s a small entrance hallway which provides access to the main living area, and the walk-in closet. The closet is lit with the aid of the ventilation blocks, found at the upper end of the partition wall. The open plan living area contains a kitchen in the corner followed by a dining area, and a living room that’s arranged to face the blockwork partition wall.

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The bedroom is a rather simple affair, and thanks to the existing structural walls, is generously proportioned. The bedside tables are created from steel heating stoves and have integrated lamps made from copper pipe and other fittings.

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The bathroom is all-white bar the wood table top of the cabinet, and contains a walk-in shower, toilet and sink. Throughout the home there are various pieces of custom-made furniture, be it created from existing items (like the dining table which is composed of pine furniture board and balusters for legs), or just tailored from plywood.

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The use of salvaged materials and upcycling of different odds and ends helps give the Interior AK apartment an unusual atmosphere; it’s modern, fresh and funky/retro-chic. The only aspect of the redesign which the architects haven’t really touched on is the balcony – they’ve decided to let the future inhabitants put that to use as they please (as a breakfast area, or bike storage, for example).

For more small apartments check out Attic for an Architect, an industrial-chic tiny abode also from Russia. Or, Ellii Architects multi-functional room that makes use of timber pull-outs and gizmo’s. See all apartments.

Via Via ArchDaily
Photos: INT2architecture

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The H2 BOX – A Tiny Condo in Thailand by PODesign Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:59:37 +0000 Called the H2 BOX, this small condo display unit is to be used as part of a much larger project in Thailand. The condo has been designed by local architecture firm PODesign, who not only worked on the interior but also the exterior façade, which is intended to draw in possible customers.

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Each condo occupies just 484 square feet (45 square meters). The display unit has been “floated” off of the ground level, which almost turns this particular model into a two-storey home with a parking space/garden underneath. In the finished building you would only have the main living area (a bit of a shame really).

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Entry to H2 BOX is gained to the rear of the building by a short staircase, which leads up to a lobby area featuring a glass floor. The glass floor is no doubt cool, but expensive. It also has the effect of introducing lots of indirect sunlight to the lobby.

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The main body of the home is really quite compact. It contains a decent-sized bathroom set next to the entry door, alongside a short galley kitchen. The kitchen flows into a narrow living area with a TV/entertain unit at one end and a couch on the other.

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The most generously proportioned room in the home is the bedroom, but even it’s not particularly large. There’s just enough space for the bed, a few bedside tables, and a closet. A small section of the bedroom has been cut out to create a compact exterior terrace.

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The interior has been finished in neutral colors. Materials like glass and mirrors are used to help maintain a sense of spaciousness despite its small and divided floor plan. I think the layout could have been “re-jigged” to create more functional, seemingly larger home, but I do like their use of glass partitions.

For more small apartments check out Darlinghurst Apartment, a fun and flexible tiny home for two. Or, Zoku Loft a stylish apartment that features a pull-out staircase. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Spaceshift Studio

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The Wild Thing – A Treehouse-Like Getaway by Riga Technical University Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:50:22 +0000 This odd looking structure has been created by Riga Technical University in conjunction with Building Works Unit. The stilted cabin, dubbed The Wild Thing by its student designers, provides inhabitants with uninterrupted views over the Latvian landscape.

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The Wild Thing is part of a project that aims to make better use of an open space between the Pirtsupites Grava Valley in Cēsis and a historic castle. The students, who worked alongside the town mayor, proposed allowing the valley to return to its natural state, a “re-wilding” as they put it.

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From the programme tutor Theo Molloy: “We suggested to simply stop to cutting the grass within a defined zone. Through this simple act the valley would develop naturally into a wild flower meadow and biodiversity corridor connecting the Castle at the heart of the town with the wilderness of the natural park around.”

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This re-wilding of the valley included the creation of a tall turret-like structure that would provide outward views of the valley. The group liken its appearance to a “strange creature walking out from behind the trees” – hence its name.

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The sloped walls of The Wild Thing are clad in rubber shingles, and each of the walls can be pushed open from the inside with the aid of counterweighted timber poles. There’s also a bench large enough to seat six people and a “ceiling window”, an opening that provides a picture window view of the sky above.

For more treehouse-like structures check out this writers lofted retreat in Dorset, England. Or, the Cinder Cone Treehouse getaway that includes a skatebowl and a hot tub. See all treehouses.

Via Dezeen
Photos: Building Works Unit

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Koleliba – A Tiny Holiday Home on Wheels by Hristina Hristova Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:28:15 +0000 This tiny house on wheels has been created by Bulgarian designer Hristina Hristova. The house, dubbed Koleliba, is used by Hristina and her family as a holiday home, allowing them to avoid the high prices associated with resorts, and the crowds that often come with them.

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Like many people who choose to opt for a tiny house, cost is usually a major factor. For Hristina, the cost of buying land and also building a retreat seemed “distant and impossible”. However, their budget did allow for a tiny house which could simply be towed to a site.

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From Hristina: “The idea for this tiny vacation house was born out of our desire to stay away from the crowds and the concrete of the five stars beach resorts and spend time somewhere calmer and closer to nature instead.” The size of their house was limited by local road regulations. All told it contains a footprint of just 97 square feet (9 square meters).

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The greatest challenge of any tiny house build is usually the limited amount of space you have. Here, they’ve gone with a ridge height of 7.8 feet (2.4 meters) and incorporated a large set of swinging patio doors. The light from the windows helps prevent the space from becoming claustrophobic, and provides great views out over the surrounding landscape.

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The interior contains a transformable sofa-bed with storage underneath and above. The kitchen is a small and simple set up, with the wall units extending into the living area, and a built-in freezer and oven. Beyond the kitchen there’s a separate bathroom.

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The exterior plays an important part in this design with an awning and a small deck area. From Hristina: “It’s a step back to a simpler life without excesses but full of free time, happy moments and friends that we often have to sacrifice in our never ending drive for asking more.”

For more tiny houses check out Studio Go, a tiny prefabricated house by Noem in Barcelona. Or, this tiny house called the Escape Traveler that can sleep up to 6 people. See all tiny houses.

Photos: Hristina Hristova

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A Tiny Writer’s Cottage in Norway by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:50:55 +0000 Created as a writer’s retreat, this angular garden studio can be found in Oslo, Norway. It’s been designed by local architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter for two professionals who wanted a getaway from their main home that would allow them to focus on their writing and work.

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Simply named the Writer’s Cottage, the garden studio was an alternative to purchasing a cottage in the countryside. Not only is the annex cheaper, but it also provides immediate access, as opposed to having to get in your car and drive however long to reach your rural retreat.

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Being set in a suburban residential area, one of the main challenges faced by the architects was how to recreate that sense of freedom and nature that is often depicted with idyllic countryside getaways. The annex is set on the edge of a north-facing slope that overlooks a railway station, dense shrubbery, and trees below.

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The north face of the building features floor-to-ceiling glazing to make the most of the available views, and to provide ample natural light for the interior. So as not to obstruct the view, the writing desk placed in front of the window is made entirely from glass.

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To minimize the light intake from the south, the building narrows and features two much smaller glazed openings (the entrance door, and an awning window in the loft). Unlike the stark exterior appearance, the interior is much warmer; it’s lined with wood walls and ceilings, carpet on the floor, and features some “shaggy” furnishings.

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The Writers Cottage is split into two levels. The first floor acts as the main writing/study space with the glass desk and bookshelves incorporated into a timber staircase. The upper level acts as a retreat, overlooking the main workspace below, behind a zig-zaging rope that acts as a barrier.

For more studios check out Pod Spaces’ eco-friendly contemporary garden getaways from England. Or, this 1920’s garage in Seattle that’s be converted into a cozy tiny house. See all studios.

Via Contemporist
Photos: Jonas Adolfsen

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Sol Van Kempen – Sustainer Homes Eco-Friendly Off-Grid Container Home Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:27:42 +0000 This modern container home conversion has been carried out by a new company based in the outskirts of Amsterdam. Called Sustainer Home, the company consists of a group of like-minded individuals who have pooled their separate skill sets in order to create an environmentally-friendly, affordable housing alternative.

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Their first prototype home has been dubbed the Sol Van Kempen. It’s intended to address four commonly used resources: energy, air and heating, water collection and disposal, and materials. The resulting design incorporates various technologies that allow the Sol Van Kempen to be used off the grid.

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Sustainer Homes’ drive to produce efficient, affordable and eco-friendly homes was brought about by the worry of rising rent, city sprawl, and the vast consumption of resources that are linked to unpredictable future supplies. By creating a home that actively seeks to reduce it’s footprint, they can perhaps make an impact on the issue, or at the very least raise awareness.

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The Sol Van Kempen is powered by a series of solar panels and wind mills that are mounted to the roof of the container. The combination of the two should allow for regular energy consumption throughout the year. For heating and cooling an energy-efficient heat pump has been enlisted, alongside high grade insulation to ensure the home is cozy in winter and cool in summer.

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Rainwater is collected from the roof and then filtered to make it safe for drinking, washing, showering etc. Any water that goes down the drain is then cleaned again through a plant-based helophyte filter before being released back into the ground. The choice of materials is based upon their ability to be reused and recycled.

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The interior is finished mostly in what looks to be OSB or some similar wood-based panel. It’s also used for the furniture and storage units, which might make it a bit too much for some people. Aside from that, the container home features a central living area which contains a living and dining area, and a small kitchenette. At one end of the unit you’ll find a bathroom, and at the other there’s a bedroom.

For more container homes check out this concept transforming home called the G-Pod. Or, this fantastic little real-life transforming container home. See all container homes.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: sustainerhomes

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Darlinghurst Apartment – A Tiny, Flexible and Functional Home Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:58:14 +0000 Designed for a young couple, this minimalist apartment in New South Wales, Australia, was created on a small budget. The renovation was overseen by local architecture studio Brad Swartz Archtect, who took on the challenge of redeveloping the small awkward space.

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The apartment, dubbed Darlinghurst Apartment by the architects, measures just 291 square feet (27 square meters). The couple’s brief was deceptively simple, but a limited footprint can make any seemingly easy and routine task much more complicated.

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The owners asked for “a functional apartment for a couple to live and entertain in.” To the designers this meant including plenty of storage space, a spot for their own laundry, a dining area, and attempting to keep the living areas large enough to accommodate friends and family.

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According to the architects the project was a challenge due to the balancing act between the budget and limited floor area: “The complexity of the project… was constantly bound by a tight budget and tighter space constraints.”

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The original layout (found below) consisted of a single room which flowed between the kitchen and bedroom. The revised design takes into account public and private spaces – the bedroom has been moved to where the kitchen was once located, and the kitchen has been placed in what is now an open plan living and dining area.

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The main divider between the open plan living area and the bathroom/bedroom is a key element in the redesign. It contains the homes entertainment center, a laundry area, a study desk and lots of storage. Sliding doors allow the inhabitants to access the bathroom and bedroom, or to seal them off.

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The bedroom has been “striped back to the basics” with it being occupied by a bed and storage units above. The interior is finished in a minimalist fashion with mostly white-painted finishes, allowing it to remain bright and airy despite its small size.

For more modern apartments check out the Jaffa Garden Apartment in Tel Aviv. Or, for more tiny apartments check out this 139 square foot abode Szymon Hanzcar. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Katherine Lu

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Studio GO is a Prefab Tiny House by NOEM in Barcelona Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:34:37 +0000 This tiny house has been created by the Barcelona-based design studio NOEM. The house is prefabricated off-site and when deployed it’s powered by a series of solar panels mounted on its roof. It’s been dubbed “Studio GO” by the designers due to its portability.

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The bulk of the structure was completed in a factory with the initial design process taking 5 weeks, and the prefabrication process taking 10. The result of their endeavours is a tiny 312 square foot (29 square meter) home with a minimal environmental footprint.

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Installation on site took even less time; about a day-and-a-half. Studio GO comes in two parts: a 248 square foot (23 square meter) module called SPACE that holds the living areas, and a much smaller, 64 square foot (5.9 square meters), HUB module that contains the home’s mechanical systems.

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Both units can be shipped using a single truck, and the structure is lightweight enough to avoid needing a deep foundation. Studio GO is clad with light wood both inside and out, and makes use of floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure that the interior is a bright space with plenty of outward views.

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The furniture and fixings feature contemporary round-edge framing that mimics the exterior appearance of the house. I haven’t come across a floor plan (yet) but, based on the pictures, it looks like it contains a kitchen, dining area, bathroom and possibly a living/sleeping area.

According to the architects energy efficiency was high on their agenda when designing the unit: “We achieved our objective of limiting energy demand to 15 kW per square meter a year for heating. [Studio GO also] saves up to 90% of energy consumption compared to conventional buildings of the same size.”

For more tiny houses check out the Escape Traveler, a tiny house on wheels that sleeps up to 6. Or, the Wohnwagon, an eco-friendly tiny house from Austria. See all tiny houses.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: noem

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