via True Tiny House (UK)

True Tiny Houses are not fixed structures and can be moved, so in most cases they do not require planning. Built to the same standards as any large timber frame building. Fully insulated and double glazed, our tiny houses offer a warm, dry, secure and unique outdoor experience at any time of year, and whatever the weather.

Comfortably accommodating a family of five, each has been crafted to last for tens of years with very little maintenance. Yet, as most of the construction takes place in our workshops, a typical house can be erected in just one day. Although the same cost as a Yurt they are more practical, and will last years longer.

PNEUMAD  | hat tip designboom

Combining PNEUmatic (air-inflatable) architecture with a noMADic ethos, the PNEUMAD enacts a form of anti-heroic desire to escape permanence, solidity and place-bound dwelling. Recalling the revolutionary-experimental fervor of 1968, but with 21st-century technical sophistication, PNEUMAD is prototype for nomads who want to spread out. The inflatable offers one distinct advantage - it is not limited by the dimensions and volume of the vehicle itself. 

“Our lives are made richer by stripping away the excess. When we do this we are able to see what matters. Like the plants I tend in the garden, I get to be the one who determines what grows.”
— Hari Berzins | The Tiny House Family

This tiny house was built by Ethan Waldman. He’s getting great reviews for a 180 page how-to decision-making book which looks like a solid resource if you are going to build tiny.

“Instead of getting an apartment, I decided I would build something that I could have forever.”
— Joel Fleck via

"The Vigil" forest fire outlook | OH!SOM hat tip

- modular & prefab design
- sole anchorage via single central leg
- minimal impact on the natural terrain
- purposefully unobtrusive during the months when unoccupied

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House in Miyake | Hidetaka Nakahara Architects | Yoshio Ohno Architects | Via

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Abandoned Duck Blinds | Dave Jordano | Via

Along the banks of the Mississippi River on the solid ice, duck hunters set up blinds, a cover device designed to conceal, and at the same time, shelter hunters while they wait for ducks to fly overhead. Duck blinds can be as simple as a natural depression on the ground, but in Midwestern United States, they are often elaborate structures, approaching the size and function of a small cabin with amenities.

In the winter of 2008, when photographer Dave Jordano headed West from Chicago, his home base, to the frozen Mississippi he chanced upon these structures, frail from being exposed to the elements. At first glance, there’s not much to a duck blind - they’re humble, often small structures made of simple materials—wood, paint, nails, netting, and bits of brush or grass. But Dave Jordano could see the beauty in them.

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Pobble House (2013) by Guy Hollaway Architects

Photographed by Charles Hosea

Location: Ashford, Kent, England

Owing to the site’s significance, local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original. The design response from GHA to the clent’s brief was to create an architecture that understands ‘place’. To this end a material palette was chosen that would enhance with age, inspired by Dungeness. Whilst being designed to an incredibly tight budget of under £250,000, the building has a very high quality and robust nature to withstand the harsh climate.

To reduce the building’s impact on the natural shingle, it sits on a series of pad foundations which elevates the house off the beach, suspended by half a metre (1.64 feet). The timber frame construction is sealed by a rubber waterproofing layer that acts as a whole house gutter, allowing the rain to fall through the batten over-cladding and down the building. The three modules of the building are each enveloped in separate materials, a Core-ten steel mesh, Larch, and robust cement fibre board that will each act as rain-shields. The building is extremely durable, an important aspect considering the harsh climate and exposed setting. The exposure will cause the larch and core ten to weather silver and red respectively, an echo to the natural landscape. The building has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible.