Sometimes compact living architecture appeals to starchitects too. Several years ago, Renzo Piano unveiled his vision on a tiny house with the Diogene house design. This year, the renowned international architecture firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group designed a customizable 17 sqm / 180 sqft house that can be built within 4 – 6 months in any location and for any purpose. Titled A45, the design evolved from the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls which allow for easy rain run-off and simple construction.
To maximize the qualities of this classic structure, A45 creates more usable floor area by taking a square base and twisting the roof 45 degrees to raise the tiny home to a soaring 4 m / 13 ft height. The resulting crystal-like shape gives A45 an ever-changing appearance. Upon entering, the interior space reflects a minimal Nordic abode prioritized for hyggelig comfort and design.
From the exposed timber frame in solid pine, the Douglas Fir floor and customizable space-grade, insulating natural cork walls, A45 brings nature inside. An elegant Morsøe wood-burning fireplace is nestled in one corner while off-the-grid equipment is tucked away in the back. A petite kitchen designed by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, hand-crafted furniture from Carl Hansen and a bed fitted with Kvadrat fabric designed by Soren Rose Studio are some of the handcrafted Nordic furniture to adorn A45. The bathroom is made of cedar wood with fixtures by VOLA.
A45 is assembled in modules on site and consists of 100% recyclable materials including the timber frame, wall modules, a subfloor and the triangular floor-to-ceiling window featuring seven glass pieces that allow natural daylight to illuminate the interior. The structure is slightly elevated by four concrete piers to give optimal support and allow homeowners to place their tiny house in even the most remote areas without the use of heavy machinery.
This article is a part of the ‘Compact Living’ series. You can read about other designs of compact houses and apartments on this page.
PROJECT YEAR: 16/05/2018
PROJECT AREA: 17 sqm / 180 sqft
CLIENT: Klein House
PARTNERS-IN-CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
PROJECT LEADER: Max Moriyama, Anton Bak (Klein)
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Rune Hansen
PROJECT TEAM: Jian Yong Khoo, Tianqi Zhang
COLLABORATORS: Soren Rose Studio, Dinesen, Morsø, Gagganau, Kvadrat, Carl Hansen & Søn, Suite New York, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, XAL, Vola
PHOTOS: Matthew Carbone