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Small but perfectly formed?

September 19, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design

Whenever I go on holiday, I have to buy all my cosmetics in miniature. I also quite like those mini dolcetti puddings you can order in popular Italian restaurants. Now it seems that my appreciation of all things tiny, has gone one step further.

Tiny homes are taking over. Click on image for original source.

Passé are the days of the palatial, anyone who is anyone in the housing world is scaling down to miniature. With a severe shortage of houses and limited space to build them on, smaller living spaces have usurped their larger counterparts, flaunting their niftiness and adaptability in today’s climate.

The aptly named Pod, a tiny Swedish-built home, measures just 3m x 2.5m. Designed to provide a minimalist living experience, this innovation has been hailed as the answer to our housing shortage problems.

According to a BBC report, a letting agent in Oxford is hoping to have 12 Pods built around the city by December.

To save on space, the Pod features a fold away dining table, which transforms into a bed, and a small shower and toilet cubicle. The boat-like structure reduces space above the dweller’s head, which in turn reduces heating costs.

Would you be willing to scale down?

It goes without saying that this kind of housing wouldn’t be suitable for a family. I can imagine that micro housing might appeal to single occupants looking for a cheaper, more economical option.

Given the restrictions put upon us by today’s climate, it makes sense that our solution to the housing shortage reflects the scaling down of society more generally.

Is the Pod here to stay?

As with all tiny things – I expect that these pod homes will suddenly make an impact and invade our housing landscape.

Before we know it, we’ll be overrun by tiny little houses.

Would you consider moving into a micro home? Please leave us your comments below.

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