Synopses & Reviews
Space is at a premium in growing cities. In the countryside, we want to preserve nature and the landscape. In impoverished parts of the world, the necessity for sustainable and economical shelter is stronger than ever. Lifestyles and daily routines are also changing. We live in an interconnected world in which digital communication, information, and entertainment are pervasive. Yet basic human needs remain constant: a roof over our heads and somewhere to cook, eat, and sleep. Increasingly, we look for ways to occupy our habitats more ecologically, flexibly, and efficiently. Digital design tools, sustainable materials, and new prefabrication technologies have led to an explosion in innovative ideas for designing domestic spaces, particularly those in tight surroundings. All the homes in are drawn from a broad array of climatic and environmental contexts, building methods, and spatial innovations. This lively book is the perfect resource and inspiration for designers, architects, builders--for anyone looking to maximize living space with minimal environmental impact.
"This wonderful compilation of photos accompanied by brief, informative essays presents a definitive review of micro-habitations, or 'nano houses.' A variety of shapes and designs from around the globe are presented to exhibit how one can downsize and still live luxuriously. Though some homes are intricate and ornate-like the sophisticated, complex 'Moon Dazzler' in Guanacaste, Costa Rica with bamboo screens for walls-others, like the Czech Republic's 'Villa Hermina,' display a cozy minimalism. The appropriately-named and barrel-esque German model, 'Roll-It,' along with the egg-shaped Belgian 'Blob' demonstrate how small can still be both innovative and surprisingly comfortable. Design and architecture enthusiasts as well as readers concerned with environmental issues and alternative housing will find this book informative and inspiring. Photos.
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"Provides a fine survey for architects, designers, and homeowners alike." The Midwest Book Review
Small is sexier." Details
Forty examples of advanced, ingenious, and responsible homes--each with fewer than 650 square feet of living space.
About the Author
Phyllis Richardson is an architecture and design writer who has published numerous books on lifestyle, interiors, and building. She lives in London.