NESTLED in a valley on Sweden’s west coast, the Hus-1 ecohouse is a home so small that it can be literally lifted on to the back of a lorry and moved elsewhere.
“They are more easily heated and cleaned. The impact of a small house is limited, both when it comes to resources as well as the land where it is placed. Small houses are also more easily handled and transported. I wanted to have the opportunity to build the whole house in a hallway in order to lift it easily and transport it, by road, in one piece.” Hus 1 regularly houses two people all year round. Kitchen, sleeping quarters, dinner table, hallway and other functions are well integrated on just 269sq/ft of living space. The house is largely constructed from wood, out of consideration for sustainability and biodegradation, but also because of the aesthetic appeal of the way the material ages.
All the walls and roofs have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is resistent to water and wind, but open for moisture.
That two-way directed moisture transfer is beneficial in times when the building is out of use or not heated.
As befits the minimalist tone, furniture is largely integral to the structure, liberating space in the tiny home. The only thing left off is the toilet, which is apparently situated in a backyard shed. –DM