Compact Home Designs

Minimalistic Concrete Alpine Cabin

Minimalistic Concrete Alpine Cabin

Located not far from the Swiss city of Chur, this getaway cabin rests firmly within Alpine mountain ranges. Designed by Georg Nikisch and Selina Walder, the compact residence is constructed almost entirely of concrete, but utilizes intelligent sculpting to ... Continue >

Temporary Shelter with Fire Pit

Temporary Shelter with Fire Pit

Fire Shelter 0:1 is a solo project designed and built by Simon Hgermind Jensen of SHJWORKS. It was important to Simon to do it himself so that there would be no outside influence from concept to completion. It is ... Continue >

Experimental Mirror House in The Netherlands

Experimental Mirror House in The Netherlands

Mirror, mirror on the wall... This fairy tale called Cache-Cache takes a different turn from the classic story. This experimental house by Netherlands architecture firm Johan Selbing Architecture is part of Eenvoud - part three of a series of small ... Continue >

Small Space Living with Multiple Hidden Functions

Small Space Living with Multiple Hidden Functions

Elii Architects, renovated a tiny loft apartment located in the center of Madrid, Spain into a home with multifunctional spaces that are easily adapted to specific needs by way of innovative design additions. Called Didomestic, the loft includes areas ... Continue >

Small Home with 1st Floor Workshop

Small Home with 1st Floor Workshop

The client's brief was to design and build home that included both a place to live, a workshop and a place to store his Unimog - a four-wheel drive vehicle produced by Mercedes Benz. The only catch was that ... Continue >

Tiny Trailer-Mounted Eco-Friendly Traveling Home

Tiny Trailer-Mounted Eco-Friendly Traveling Home

Built by a young couple from Iowa wishing for "less house, more life", this traveling dwelling is meant as a fully-functioning residence that can be picked up and moved with ease on a whim. Constructed entirely on top of ... Continue >

Small House, Big Impact with Black Facade, White Interiors

Small House, Big Impact with Black Facade, White Interiors

Japanese architecture firm Jun Igarashi Architects designed this cool, compact home design that is black, stacked and packed with tons of space and style. This small but sweet home of just about 1,200 sq. ft. is surprisingly spacious - an ... Continue >

Manhattan Micro Loft with Multi Level Interiors

Manhattan Micro Loft with Multi Level Interiors

They say good things come in small packages, and this cool Manhattan apartment proves that to be true. Taking the loft design idea to new heights, Specht Harpman Architects created this wonderful New York home right in their own backyard, ... Continue >

Weekend Home with Small Footprint

Weekend Home with Small Footprint

The raised plan of this Mexican house makes it a perfect weekend retreat in the midst of nature, from where one can observe and enjoy nature at the same time. Trying to be as respectful of nature as possible, ... Continue >

East New York Studio Retreat Nestles Into Rocky Outcrop

East New York Studio Retreat Nestles Into Rocky Outcrop

Located on the back of the owners property, this new studio space was designed by Workshop/apd to allow the homeowner to feel connected with the surrounding nature. Perched on top of an outcrop and overlooking the forest, the homeowner ... Continue >

Super-Compact Apartment in Madrid

Super-Compact Apartment in Madrid

Set in Spain's most massive city, this compact apartment by the multitalented firm of Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos includes a smart combination of space-saving solutions. Most of the micro-apartment's functional spaces are on one extreme side of its floorplan, with ... Continue >

Compact Diamond-Shaped House Plan By Yuji Tanabe

Compact Diamond-Shaped House Plan By Yuji Tanabe

Built as an addition to a more traditional home in the small but historic city of Kamakura, this small yet tall building by Yuji Tanabe and his firm serves as a functional (if limited) home for the father of ... Continue >

Curcular Hut Along French Hiking Trail

Curcular Hut Along French Hiking Trail

Situated along a mountainous hiking route in France, this cylindrical structure is one of many in the region, containing sleeping quarters for travelers on multiple-day treks along the scenic path. Designed by outdoors-focused company Zebra3/Buy-Selif, the shelter was commissioned ... Continue >

Compact Circular Home With Unique Space Divisions

Compact Circular Home With Unique Space Divisions

Located in a town not far from the forested city of Sendai, Japan, this unique silo-style home has a dual nature and a number of utterly uncommon elements that distinguish it from many other small-footprint residential designs we've seen ... Continue >

Modern Barcelona House with Multifaceted Geometry

Modern Barcelona House with Multifaceted Geometry

If we didn't know that this house is situated in Barcelona's Vallvidrera residential neighborhood, we could easily think that it is somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, overlooking the sea. The Mediterranean feel is given by the all-white, apparently roofless ... Continue >

Urban Vietnamese House - Garden, Kitchen, Dining and Living Space in One Room

Urban Vietnamese House - Garden, Kitchen, Dining and Living Space in One Room

Situated in the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, this sleek home from MM++ Architects attempts to circumvent the concrete jungle with a unique wall of indoor greenery and bright, tall social spaces. Built for a young family ... Continue >

Compact House Addition Transforms Into Guesthouse Or Shed

Compact House Addition Transforms Into Guesthouse Or Shed

Compact modern prefab homes are popular projects for both major and localized architecture firms in today's world, but oftentimes the balance between minimal size and maximized usability is skewed one way or the other, resulting either in a home ... Continue >

Compact Bio-home Furnished by Clei: Green Kinder House

Compact Bio-home Furnished by Clei: Green Kinder House

Italian compact furniture maker Clei has teamed up with designer Massimiliano Mandarini to create this smart and sustainable house design. Green Kinder House has a whimsical look with a wonderful silhouette which includes a traditional shaped roof coupled with a ... Continue >

Jagged Coastal Studio on Fogo Island's "Iceberg Alley"

Jagged Coastal Studio on Fogo Island's

For such a small spot on the map, Newfoundland's Fogo Island has become an unlikely attraction for architecture aficionados and creative thinkers alike with this ultra modern studio space, designed by Saunders Architecture. Known for another of its notable projects ... Continue >

Small Backyard Playhouse for Inspired Kids and Adults Alike

Small Backyard Playhouse for Inspired Kids and Adults Alike

If we had an amazing backyard playhouse like this when we were kids, there would be no dinner time, bath time or bed time. In fact, it would always be play time with a love of architecture in the future! ... Continue >

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