The Tiny Home Trend Reaches New Heights

A new book highlights the ingenuity of small-scale architecture. Here, check out seven amazing micro houses from around the world.

Everyone knows good things come in small packages. And the recent trend in micro houses proves the truism can apply to the place where you live, too. This month, a new book, Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things, by Rebecca Roke, celebrates the whimsical appeal of small-scale architecture. Roke highlights 300 houses, cabins, tents, tree houses, pods, and pavilions—as well as many even smaller structures, like homes for cats and birds. Below, we've highlighted some of the most creative, playful, and ingenious homes from the book, which are sure to get you fantasizing about life in an adorable cabin.


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Visitors to Free Spirit Spheres, a resort on Vancouver Island, stay in hanging, circular treehouses. With rigging similar to that of a sailboat, the spheres—which contain a bed and seating—are designed to sway in the breeze.

Designed by the sculptor Ekkehard Altenburger, this tiny, reflective house floats in the water on the coast of Scotland's Isle of Tiree. Mirrors cover every surface of the facade, reflecting the natural beauty of its surroundings.

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Built by students at Green Mountain College, the OTIS—which stands for Optimal Traveling Independent Space—is both easily transportable and self-sufficient. The dwelling is powered by a 120-watt solar panel, with a rainwater system supplying water for the kitchen and bath.

This egg-shaped structure, designed using traditional yacht-building techniques, is a home, office, and laboratory for the artist Stephen Turner. He collects data from the Beaulieu River in Hampshire, where the egg is moored, to use in his artwork.

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This transparent home takes Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House to a whole new level. In the Italian architect Carlo Santambrogio's version in Milan, the entire structure, circulation, and interior divisions are made out of glass.

Designed by Broissin Architects, this three-story prefabricated home is intended to be constructed easily and cheaply. Believe it or not, three people can live there comfortably, and the interior still has room for a spiral staircase and hydroponic garden.

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Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things (Phaidon), $25, phaidon.com.

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