Tiny House, Big Living

Published on January 6th, 2015 | by

Image Credit: HSH Architekti

One look at this tiny house and you feel as if you are about to enter a doll house! With bright pink walls, Villa Hermina clearly stands out from the rest of the cottages in the area. Situated outside the southern Czech town of Černín, it was created by HSH Architekti, which unfortunately is now defunct. The home was inspired by architect Ludwig Leo’s Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau building.

This 635 square feet rhombus shaped house has three levels that are interconnected via ramps. Instead of digging into the hillside, the slope of the hill is mimicked in the floor plan.

The lowermost level is dug into the surrounding hillside. In this part of the house there is a bunk bed, a bathroom and a built-in storage – all of which can be simply hidden behind a curtain. The ramp from this part leads you to the living area of the house. The living area has a hidden compartment where a movie projector is stored. Of course it also has enough seating space for a movie night.

Image Credit: HSH Architekti

The penultimate level of the tiny house has a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining area whereas the top of the house has a mezzanine level to accommodate the master bedroom, complete with a bathroom.

Each of the tiny home’s walls has a big window to help air circulation, this also delivers great view of the hills. In the house, only kitchen and bathrooms are situated on a horizontal plane, while the green colored ramps of the tiny house (which interconnect all levels) are topped with the same anti-skid material commonly seen in sports facilities. The advantages of having ramps are that they provide more floor space and are also safe for toddlers.

Outer walls of the entire house have a spray of polyurethane foam which has been painted pink, this provides both thermal and water insulation to the house. The insulation is usually avoided in the interiors because it can be dangerous owing to its flammability and chemical composition; however, in this case, it is applied on the exterior side of the concrete.

This tiny house scores high not only on beauty quotient but also on functionality. Check out some more amazing tiny dwellings!

 

Source | Images: NY Times. Originally published at Green Building Elements.

 

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