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Micro Compact Homes: Living Small

Credits: ©2010 Micro Compact Home

The team of researchers and designers based in London and at the Technical University in Munich developed the Micro Compact Home as an answer to an increasing demand for short stay living for students, business people, sports and leisure use and for weekenders. The Micro Compact Home, now in use and available throughout Europe, combines techniques for high quality compact 'living' spaces deployed in aircraft, yachts, cars, and micro apartments. Its design has been informed by the classic scale and order of a Japanese tea-house, combined with advanced concepts and technologies. Living in a Micro Compact Home means focusing on the essential - less is more. The use of progressive materials complements the sleek design. Quality of design, touch and use are the key objectives for the micro compact home team....for 'short stay, smart living'.


Micro Compact Floor Plan

The Micro Compact Home's space-saving interior includes: 1) Fire alarm and smoke detectors; 2) Sliding table that seats up to five people; 3) Two 7.5-foot-long Double Beds (a bunk above the dining table and a slide-out at floor level); 4) Shelves and drawers for storing clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies and, equipment, and so on; 5) Control panel operates all electrical systems: heating, air-conditioning, TV, CD player, and LED lighting; 6) Bathroom with a sliding screen that separates the toilet and the shower, plus a drying area for clothes and shoes; 7) Kitchen equipped with a microwave, fridge/freezer, sink, waste unit, and double-level work surface. ©2010 Horden Cherry Lee

What are the environmental implications of the Micro Compact Home?
The first eco balance report was completed in 2005 at the Technical University in Munich and is a detailed full life cycle analysis of the materials used in the construction, through to the final recycling and disposal. The report includes details of the energy balance and the energy required to manufacture and deliver materials to the factory and to the site. A 'low.e-home' version is available with potentially zero CO2 emissions. It is powered by photovoltaic solar cells and a small vertical axis wind generator mounted on the roof and mast.

The Micro Compact Home has a timber frame structure with anodized aluminum external cladding, insulated with polyurethane and fitted with aluminum frame double glazed windows and front door with security double lock; graphics can be applied for sponsors, exhibition and business use. The Home measures 266cm x 266cm x 266cm or about 9’ x 9’x 9’. The ceiling height is 198cm and the door width is 60cm. The unit weighs 2.2 tonnes.

Inside the Micro Compact Home features include:

• two compact double beds, each measuring 198cm x 107cm, with covered cushions

• storage space for bedding and cleaning equipment

• a sliding table measuring 105cm x 65cm, for dining for up to five people

• flat screen television in the living/dining space

• a shower and toilet cubicle

• a kitchen area, which is fitted with electrical points and features a double hob, sink and extending tap, microwave, fridge and freezer units, three compartment waste unit, storage shelves, cutlery drawers with gentle return sprung slides and double level work surfaces

• thermostat controlled ducted warm air heating, air conditioning, water heating

• fire alarm and smoke detectors

Relevant books:
Big Book of Small House Designs
A Tiny Home to Call Your Own
Tiny Houses


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Micro Compact Home

Horden Cherry Lee Architects (UK)