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The Vivood could serve as glamping retreat, guesthouse, or a basic tiny house (Photo: Vivo...

Spanish architectural collective Vivood recently produced an eponymous shelter that could serve as glamping retreat, guesthouse, or basic tiny house. The prefabricated structure is delivered in "easy-to-fit" modular sections that have the electrics and plumbing already installed, and it can be assembled within a day by a small group of people.  Read More

The sculptural concrete wrap (Image: Hertha Hurnaus)

Vienna is by no means the most crowded metropolis in the world, or even in Europe. Even so, Caramel Architects has designed a house on the outskirts of the city that provides a model for getting more people into a smaller area without giving up amenities like natural light and private garden space.  Read More

The Forest Retreat, by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti (Photo: Jan Kudej)

Forest-based shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they smaller, nor do they take their place amongst their surroundings better, than the aptly-named Forest Retreat by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti. The Central Bohemia-based project serves as a remote bolt hole for its Prague owner.  Read More

The home is located in Denmark Hill, South-East London (Photo: Foxtons)

Some of the most interesting homes we've covered were conceived due to constraints in size, budget, or location. That said, there's generally more to work with than 2.5 meters (8 ft, or 99 inches) in width, as was the case with what's thought to be London's narrowest house. It recently hit the market and is expected to fetch at least £450,000 (US$757,000).  Read More

The Salsa Box tiny house, by Portland, Oregon-based Shelter Wise (Photo: Shelter Wise)

The Salsa Box, by Portland, Oregon-based Shelter Wise, offers yet another take on very small-scale living. Completed earlier this year, and available to purchase from US$22,500, this particular tiny house stands out from the growing crowd with a build quality and interior layout that makes living in a 9 sq m (96 sq ft) space seem not only technically possible, but perhaps even appealing.  Read More

Home is a tiny house that cost just US$33k in total to build

The cost of buying a house today can be prohibitively expensive, so it's no surprise that tiny home builds appear to be increasingly popular. We've featured a number on Gizmag over the last few year and even compiled a top 10 tiny homes list. Andrew and Gabriella Morrison now join that group with their project, Home.  Read More

The Skit, by Georgia-based Dachi Papuashvili (Image: Dachi Papuashvili)

One could be forgiven for thinking that shipping container-based architecture may have reached saturation point. After all, Gizmag has previously reported on student digs, a passively-cooled home, and a cruise ship terminal, to name just a few examples. However, Georgia-based Dachi Papuashvili has produced a charming cross-shaped tiny house concept called the Skit that proves the continuing ability of the useful boxes to inspire.  Read More

The ESCAPE home looks like a cabin but is actually rated as an RV (Photo: Canoe Bay)

Perhaps due to the fact that the challenge of designing viable tiny homes pushes architects to come up with creative space-saving solutions, the tiny house movement is bursting with great ideas. The latest such dwelling to come to our attention, dubbed ESCAPE, is a 37 sq m (400 sq ft) home that boasts a handsome design, lots of customizable options (including operating completely off-grid), and legal status as an RV.  Read More

The Madrid-based Didomestic, by Elii Architects (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)

Fun-loving Spanish architects Elii, the same firm responsible for the JF-Kit House, recently completed a loft apartment refurbishment in Madrid. Coined Didomestic, the ambitious project sees the company's creative flair focused toward maximizing flexibility and storage space, with thought-provoking results.  Read More

Minimod, by MAPA Architects (Photo: Leonardo Finotti)

Though embracing small footprint living doesn't always require one deal with a challenging interior layout, a compact home that's designed to be flexible certainly bodes well for a harmonious lifestyle. It would appear that MAPA Architects had this in mind with its Minimod (or Minimal Modular) prototype home, which sports an adaptable interior layout comprising four living spaces.  Read More

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