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Flat-packed Mini House takes two days to install


August 30, 2012

Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)

Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)

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Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days. The first prototypes, which were designed and built by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell in 2010, are currently being used as summer houses in different parts of Sweden.

The flat-packed Mini House modules consist of prefabricated walls, framing, roofing and trim-less windows. The design includes an insulating polystyrene core clad with plywood or plastic laminate, a technique that is often used in the construction of caravans and floating homes.

“Mini House is quicker to build than a regular house and consists of prefabricated modules and parts that can all be recycled or combusted,” Mini House creator Jonas Wagell told Gizmag.

Similar to the Finnish Micro House, the 15 m2 (161 ft2) Mini House module doesn’t require a building permit within Scandinavia and comes with an additional 15 m2 (161 ft2) outdoor terrace with pergola. This clever design gives occupants a larger living zone, with large sliding glass doors that open out onto the outdoor terrace.

With prototypes being trialled and tested, the Mini House concept is undergoing some design and function upgrades and new versions will soon be available in several sizes ranging from 15 to 70 m2 (161 to 753 ft2). The Mini House 2.0 is being designed in co-operation with the Swedish architectural studio Sommarnöjen and the first models are planned to be introduced on the market later this year.

While the larger Mini House 2.0 options are still in the final development stages, Wagell confirmed that the models will be equipped with a smart and cost-efficient modular bathroom unit, a modern energy-efficient kitchen, maximized storage space and the option to include photovoltaic panels.

Designed to withstand a diverse range of weather condition and climates, the Mini Houses can all be customized or adapted with the addition of extra modules.

“We are also developing customized solutions for bedrooms, bathroom, sauna, kitchen, living room and storage etc. which can be added as options,” said Wagell. “We will start delivering houses for the Scandinavian market early next year and will accept orders from the rest of Europe when we have established a good routine.”

Source: Jonas Wagell via Inhabitat

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That's freaking awesome! I picture myself in an empty field, tapping my foot & looking at my watch "Damnit...where the heck is my house, it was supposed to be here by now!"

Gregg Velosi

Thats a shack. In s.a's shanty towns it doesnt take two days to build a shack.


Pretty nifty shack if I may say so, never seen 2 day shacks this nice, in S.A., Brazil or India.


OK bas, it's a 'shed', a nice looking shed in an upscale neighborhood. How's that?


Imagine trying to make a bed which is against a wall on three sides. Almost impossible.


If the cost is reasonable I can see this being an attractive option for some people. I have been retired for a couple years now with a fairly good pension; but nobody would call me rich. Traveling south for the Winter and living in a house like this is more appealing to me than living in a trailer. Unfortunately I'm guessing it will be quite a bit more money than I think it should be.


@MasterG Well, build your "shack" complete with running water&electricity installed in two days and let's see it up here on Gizmag!


Wait till a typhoon, heavy rains or an earthquake hits that

Ge ready for serious fatalities !

And I haven't even started about cooling/heating needs or security against break ins and burglaries !

Atul Malhotra

Not one picture of the inside so we can see the cooking and bathing rooms?


i would use this for a home office, or something like that

Steven Murphy

Handy for living on site while you're building your new house - then use it as a home office afterwards. Depending on price, of course.


Its a love shack.. Rusted Tin Roof (optional).. It would be nice to know what the $$ is.. LOL obviously deliver will be a lot of the cost. Seems kinda silly. Id buy one if it was one piece made out of plastic like those dog igloos but human sized.. lol

Michael Mantion

@Maelduin thats exactly right or a first home starter. Its been proven that the current model of "mortgage for life if you're lucky" is unsustainable. This is a neat, easy and affordable first home option. The key to this design is can you bolt on an extension down the track? I'm sure it would have come up for consideration during the design phase.

Glenn Houssenloge

Forget it, there is no such thing as affordable home and none will come down the track. This is something world governments could have easily done many years ago. There is lack of political will and I assure you this too will very expensive. Not worth going for and only a rich persons fancy.

Dawar Saify
Housing is not a difficult issue in and of itself. things like neighborhood associations, snobbery and idiocy tend to make housing a difficult issue. Most conventional homes are very poor at resisting burglary or break ins, lousy at fire prevention and absolute nightmares to repair cheaply. It is partly a political issue as well. Intelligently designed housing would have side effects such as causing education to flourish and giving working people more time to consider candidates and learn things. That is the last thing that most politicians want. We have bad schools simply because political powers do not want educated citizens and expensive housing is one heck of a control over people as well. Jim Sadler

I love my Gizmag in the morning....but often, as in this case, the illustrations do not show some of the main features of the "invention"..even the title feature. Where is the "flat-pack"? How is erected? Two guys? Crane? How does the design deal with freezing conditions (frozen pipes and drains)? I love to dream...but need a little more "meat".


How about a "Hempcrete" house? Someone could manufacture a big 3d printer that could be carried on a truck and be used for onsite printing of Hempcrete walls. The hempcrete would give great thermal mass and research has shown that houses built out of Hempcrete actually sequester co 2 out of the surrounding air. These houses are healthier than normal construction because they actually breath slowly for healthy air but slow enough that no heating or air conditioning is lost. These houses never have mold or mildew problems and and termites do not prefer the hemp fibers. These houses are carbon negative.

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