Skip to main content

Micro Compact Home An Efficient Use of Space

Tiny living spaces have always been of interest to me. It always astounds me how a well-designed small space can still offer comfort to the user. There is one project that is an excellent example of the quality of small homes. The Micro Compact Home (m-ch) designed by Richard Horden. This project has introduced me to well-designed tiny homes. 
The project led by Architect Richard Horden was a collaboration between student teams at the Technical University, TIT Tokyo, and Haak and Hopfner Architects. The team designed in 2005 for short stay accommodation for students and business use. 

With a size of 2.66 m x 2.66 m x 2.66 m, this house has a footprint of 7 sqm. Despite the small area, the house offers all the basic amenities in the house. This compact home puts all these areas in a very small footprint. The inside is sleek and stylish. M-CH uses ingenious solutions to overcome the space constraint. The designer has overlapped spaces with different functions. 

The house has a toilet and a shower, which also serves as an entrance and access to the house. It has a living/dining area that can accommodate up to five people. There's a flat-screen TV in the living/dining area. The living/dining area converts into two compact beds. One of the beds is slides out while the other is folds out. The use of movable furniture, which tucks out when not in use, optimizes the use of space.

There is plenty of storage space for clothes, bedding, and cleaning equipment. The kitchen has a double hob, a sink, and an extendible tap. There are microwave, refrigerator and freezer units, three compartment waste units. Ample storage shelves, cutlery drawers, and double-level work surfaces. 

This project has had a significant impact on me. It opened up horizons on how to handle small spaces. It showed me how to handle small spaces. This small box had a few solutions out of the box. This project brought a new level of what you can do with a small space. The ideas I've learned from this project have been invaluable in my practice. 

Small living spaces are not for everyone. M-CH is a great choice for people who rarely stay at home. You can use and adapt the concept of this project for other applications. You can create a cheaper alternative to shelter after a natural disaster. You can build decent, affordable shelters for homeless or informal settlers.



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Bed options for Small Apartments

If your space is small, you must maximize the use of all your space. The bed is one of the biggest furniture in your home. The bed is one of the furniture you can optimize to serve multiple functions. Furniture is dependent on the function of a particular area. Most of these functions are rarely used together. You can optimize your bed by overlapping other functions in the same area. There are several ways to make your space multi-functional through your bed. Each bed design provides different solutions for particular problems. Use The Vertical Space Above The Bed Loft Bed by Colin Utilizing vertical space is important when space is limited. One of the simplest ways to use vertical space is to add a usable space on top. Loft beds provide users the flexibility of using the bottom area for a different function. The bottom area can be used as an office, entertainment area, or closet space. Loft beds are simple and affordable solutions to maximizing space. The simplicity of the

Unique Solar Artwork by Jordan Mang-Osan

Artists express their art through a wide variety of mediums. In my previous post, I covered several artists who use unique mediums for their artwork. There are a few artists who can make art from unconventional materials. Some choose these unusual mediums for experimentation, while some use these materials because of the availability. I found a documentary about a talented Filipino artist a few years ago. He creates art using a technique called Pyrography, which is the art of decorating wood by controlled burning, creating beautiful patterns or portraits. What makes his technique unique is he harnesses the heat of the sun, using a magnifying lens, unto a piece of wood to create beautiful masterpieces.