Swedish architect Torsten Ottesjö has recently create a free-standing and nearly free-form tiny house that can be moved anywhere to create the illusion that the house has sprouted out of the ground. The Hus-1 is a 270 square foot dwelling that can accommodate two people and contains a kitchen, sleeping quarters, dining table and windows that look like the surface of a leaf.
Ottesjö says that “block-shaped” buildings are not a suitable environment for humans and that integrating nature’s variety of form into a home will create a space that feels unconstructed. He also says that it is more common to hear a person express more love for a car than for a house since a car is more in scale with a human body. Homes should be sized smaller and adapted the same way to the movement and mechanics of the body. Continue Reading »
by Katharina Kleidosty
I just spent a couple of weeks on holiday in Sweden, and after a few encounters with tiny houses there, I decided to take a few photos with the THB in mind. I hope you like them! If you like any of them enough to share them via your blog, you’re more than welcome to do so. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a very good camera with me, so the quality of the pictures isn’t the best.
A few comments to explain some of the pictures: Tiny cottages, called “Stuga,” are very common in Sweden. Nowadays you see a lot of them as tourist accommodation, either on campsites or in Stuga-villages called “Stugby”. One of the cabins I photographed, titled “CampsiteStuga,” can also be found here, including photos of its interior: http://www.campa.se/11/Stugor.htm (It is either type M or type L on that site.)
by Anders Karlstam
I have attached a picture over a part of our city built up with tiny houses of different designs. This type of building in this type of area are called “kolonistuga” and the tiny houses are called “koloniområde.” This area was built way back to give hard working People in factories a chance to get recreation on vacation.
There are several areas with tiny houses in our city. Most of them are located in surrounding locations of the city, but this one and two to three more areas are located inside the city. It is a very nice contrast to all large buildings.
Usually, people are not allowed to live in these permanently and they are empty during the wintertime.
Every house is owned personally, but owners have to be a members of a community that rents the land from the city. So every house owner rents the ground from the community, which is called a leasehold.
The popularity of Stieg Larsson’s books, and subsequent movies, about a certain tattooed girl has given rise to a new-found love of Swedish design. Sweden’s Technical Week website recently had a story on a 94 square foot tiny home that celebrates that clean design, but is also making a statement at the same time.
This experimental, free-standing tiny home for students has a kitchen, a bath with a shower, a corner office and an eating area with two chairs. A sleeping loft is accessed by a ladder. This home will rent for 30,000 Swedish crowns ($4,400) a year, when most student housing in Sweden rents for about 50,000 ($7,700) crowns a year. The country has a lack of affordable student housing and most seekers have to stand in line for an available place to live. This home will be rented out for three years to one person who can give the best reason why they should have the house. Continue Reading »
This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape is from Ottsjö county of Jämtland, Sweden. The house is all natural except for the glass in the window. I really like the stone fireplace and natural green roof.
The squared off logs are neat also and make the little cabin fit into the landscape beautifully. The photo was taken by Erik Sundström not to far from his home.
A while back I featured Alex and his Ecohouse located in Sweden. Recently he contacted me about a film they are producing and your chance to get involved in the funding of the project. Not everyone appreciates using the internet to raise money but I wanted to give those who want to an opportunity to help Alex out if you so choose. Here is more information about the project.
Could a small house be the big solution to today’s society of over-consumption?
Alex, Anna and Oden leave New York for Europe, rural Sweden, to build an ecological house for $15,000 or less.
They are on a journey of self-rediscovery that ends up being a lot more challenging and fun than they ever planned.
This is the story of their fight for freedom, independence, and life in balance.
We want to tell our story but also visit other pioneers of the small house movement, as part of that, we are raising funds for non-profit filmmaking.
Learn more about the project at the Kickstarted webstite.