People on the planet are becoming more and more. As a result, the housing issue has a special significance. A person is not ready to learn extreme wasteland, striving to live in already overcrowded megacities, closer to the benefits of civilization.
As a result, during the construction of housing there are two tendencies – to build higher and higher and save space. Today the average citizen lives in a much more cramped apartment than half a century ago. In an effort to fit into the minimum area, some make their homes and homes surprisingly tiny.
Many combinations on 30 squares.
Architect Gary Chang could not be satisfied with his home, a square of a modest 30 squares. This apartment was his inheritance. A resident of Hong Kong was able to transform his home. Now it can be transformed into 24 different variants of rooms – these are kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms. There is even the possibility of creating guest bedrooms. To achieve this effect, Chang placed several panels on the guides. They can easily be moved around the apartment, changing its configuration before the eyes.
Canadian company Twelve Cubed began to produce factory-made houses with an area of 26 squares. The area seems to be rather big, only the dwelling is located on two floors. Each such construction takes place for a bedroom with a bed, a kitchen with a table and a little more space for ordinary life. So there is even where to be like and think about something of your own. The manufacturer assures that if desired, even a washing machine, a dishwasher and a dryer can be placed in the house. The Canadian company plans to involve the municipality in the implementation of the project, because such housing is an excellent budget option.
Housing in an abandoned dovecote.
Classic story – a young man comes to a big city and can not find affordable housing for himself. This is exactly what happened with the photographer Christian Schallert, who in 2003 came to Barcelona. Ideal housing was eventually found, and even in the center. True, the house is located on the roof of one of the buildings. The new apartment of the photographer was an abandoned loft, an area of 24 m². For a long time the room was dirty and was not used by anyone. Schallert made repairs there, and this place was transformed, it became cozy and warm. Behind the sliding panels was a kitchen, a dining room and a bathroom. The bed can be pushed under the balcony, from where you can see an excellent view of the central part of the capital of Catalonia.
Eco-friendly dormitory replacement.
For some reason, Elizabeth Tarnbal, a student at Yale University, refused to live in a dormitory. As a result, she decided to create her own, alternative dwelling. And it’s okay that the area of the small house is only 13 square meters. It is important that during its construction, materials obtained during processing were used, as well as various technologies that are safe for the environment. This has its own logic, because Elizabeth entered the Faculty of Ecology and Forestry.
House on wheels.
Dwellings on wheels no longer surprise anyone. American Zach Griffin, along with his four friends, refused to rent or purchase expensive factory options. The guys took and built their own house, an area of only 10.4 m². Friends decided to make a trip right in it for the US and Canada, having overcome 15 thousand kilometers. Since the trip will be long, the central part of the house is given to a folding bed. However, inside there was also a place for a refrigerator, a small oven, an electric generator. There is no soul in this house, friends wash themselves in hostels and gas stations.
On the outskirts of Seattle, the spouses Chris and Melissa So they built a house with an area of less than 10 squares. Both of them were engaged in information technology, and at one point they decided to quit everything and start their life from scratch. For this, a minimalist style was chosen.The house turned out to be tiny, on 9.66 squares there were sleeping and eating areas, a kitchen, a bathroom, a closet and a miniature living room. Such a home in Washington state is certainly super-budget – the couple hopes to pay for it in just a few years.
The owner of this house even manages to earn on it. But not by his rent – there are hardly anyone wishing to rent a house of 9.2 m². Dr. Mike Page of Hertfordshire University built a house called “Eco-Cube”. Inside, there was a place for everything you needed – a living room, a kitchen, a food zone, a toilet, a shower, a washing machine with a dryer and even a full bed. Most importantly, the dwelling is equipped with solar panels. But England subsidizes those households that live off natural sources of nutrition. As a result, the house can bring its owner to a thousand pounds sterling a year.
Nest in Manhattan.
Which of the Americans does not dream of living in Manhattan? When the writer Felicia Coen offered to buy accommodation in this prestigious area of New York, she did not hesitate. In addition, the studio was only $ 700. And let her have an area of only 8.3 m². But life is boiling around one of the best cities in the world. In such a small area, besides the bed and workplace, there are a bathroom, a microwave and a small refrigerator. But the kitchen was not able to squeeze in here, something had to be sacrificed. A house with a fireplace.
Jay Schaefer is the founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House. She builds houses with an area of 6 to 80 square meters. Schaefer himself does not live in the tiniest house, because his passion is the real fireplaces. True, Jay’s home in California is still tiny – 8.2 m². This will just fit the fireplace. Also in the house there is a kitchen with running water, a bed, a shower and a toilet. The house has a lot of shelves, all the walls are given to them.
Dear little one.
Who said that the smaller the area, the lower the price for it? Dia Williams visited Guatemala, which radically changed her outlook. When a resident of Olympia, Washington, returned home, she sold her rather large house of 140 m². In return, she moved to a dwelling with an area of only 7.8 squares. Such a house on wheels cost the woman not cheap – in 10 thousand dollars. But the “little house”, as she called it, is cheap in service. And he’s in the backyard of Deia’s boyfriend’s house – you do not need to pay rent to the hostess.
This house in London confirmed the idea of the high cost of such housing. The room is located near the legendary Harrods store on Brompton Road. The room was put up for sale at a price of 145 thousand dollars, but for this “kennel” suddenly began to beat more than ten buyers. As a result, the house was sold for 280 thousand dollars, is not it a record for a square meter of real estate?
English record holder.
This “House on the Pier”, located on the waterfront of Conwy, Wales, is officially considered the smallest in the UK. From the beginning of the XVII century and until 1900 the house was residential, owned by the Jones family. All ended with the fact that the next owner, a fisherman, turned out to be a tall man and simply stopped placing himself in this dwelling. As a result, the house turned into a museum. Visitors in it suffice. All of them can be sure that even on an area of 5.5 squares you can find a place for a stove, a water tap, a bed and a large chest.
Chinese affordable housing.
There are so many people in China that the authorities are concerned about the problem of decent placement. In the city of Wuhan, the municipal authorities decided to launch a project of affordable housing. The start of the project was given with the separation of an ordinary six-story building into 55 separate room-capsules. Each of them has an area of 4.6 m². All space acts simultaneously and a bedroom, and a kitchen and a living room, and a bathroom. And to live here according to the idea of the authors of the project should be two people at once.Naturally, you can not attract wealthy people here, this house is designed for young people who have recently graduated from an educational institution and are in search of work.
This room fights for the title of the most subtle. The apartment is located in Warsaw. In fact, this is an opening between two neighboring houses, whose width is 46 centimeters. The total area of such a dwelling is 4.2 m². The apartment has no windows, the shower is located above the toilet. But there is a refrigerator, though its dimensions are so modest that only two bottles can fit there. But in the house there is a kitchen table with two chairs.
Chinese mobile home.
People’s Architecture Bureau of China and the People’s Bureau of Industrial Design are thinking tirelessly of the solution to the housing crisis in the most populous country of the world. The fruit of joint efforts has become a mobile and collapsible house made of polypropylene, which can be compressed with an accordion. And this dwelling is transported on a tricycle, which is very environmentally friendly. The house itself is modular, so that no one prevents the enthusiasts from joining together several such dwellings and living together for a while. Inside of one module, with an area of 3 m², there was a place for a stove, a bathroom, a trash can and a water tank. The rest of the furniture has a universal purpose. So, the bed easily turns into a table, and the kitchen top – into a bench for sitting. So in the house you can either sit on a chair, or stand at a table. The Chinese call for simplicity – why not eat sitting on the floor?
Hut on wheels.
In Nevada, the Burning Man festival takes place, which earned the fame of one of the strangest in the world. Is it any wonder that one of the strangest houses was seen here? This mobile home was created by designer Paul Elkins. His hut on wheels is at the same time a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. For the toilet, however, there was no place for 1.3 m². But here there is a small stove, working on solar panels.
The smallest house in the world.
This creation does not belong to the Chinese, but to the German architect Wang Bo Le Menzel. Its area is only a square meter. Inside you can only sit, the horizontal position here can be taken only theoretically. The creator says that this house has enough space to eat and watch movies. True, on the screen of a mobile phone or tablet. The creator called his project philosophical, because he makes a different look at the very concept of “home”. Surprisingly, the state and private organizations are constantly trying to contact the architect. Everyone is interested in when will mass production of such a home start?