Category Archives: Design Concepts

A Pallet House After My Own Heart

I was just thumbing through one of my new favorite websites, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, and ran across this design for a house made from shipping pallets. It was an entry in the IaaC Advanced Architecture Contest held in 2007 by Maui Madrigal from Mexico. The design didn’t win but ironically it’s […]

Small Concrete Pipe House – Part 4

I couldn’t resist and drew one more quick design layout lining all the concrete pipe sections in a row. Most of the other changes I made in version 3 are the same like using floor to ceiling cabinets instead of walls, rounded windows in the end walls, and furniture with multiple uses. This would be […]

320 Square Foot Concrete Pipe House – Part 3

This is the third and last (I think) post on this tiny house concept. To recap, a few weeks ago I spotted a cool little Austrian hotel room online and blogged on it here. It occurred to me that a small house could be built out of large concrete storm drain pipe. I chose to […]

Design Study – Underground Concrete Pipe Tiny House Concept – Part 2

Here’s another layout that solves some of the issues with the first design. It’s a little smaller, 320 square feet, because it’s missing the custom concrete hallway that joined the pipe sections. It’s also missing the nice clerestory feature but this would be easier to build since there would be less custom concrete work. In […]

Design Study – Underground Concrete Pipe Tiny House Concept

A little while back I came across information about a concrete pipe hotel in Austria and blogged on it here. It occurred to me that concrete pipe might make a pretty cool tiny house so over the weekend I drew up this concept. I actually tried to draw it in Google SketchUp but I’m still […]

zeroHouse – Zero Impact Tiny House

Architect Scott Specht has created a very cool concept for a tiny house. As the project’s name suggests this house is intended to have zero environmental impact. It generates it’s own electricity through a photovoltaic array on the roof and stores it in batteries. The batteries can last a week without sunlight. It collects its […]

Tiny Tubular House

This is cool. It’s not a house; it’s a hotel in Austria called dasparkhotel. Staying the night costs what you can afford, they are available at a “pay as you wish” nightly rate. All hotel services (Toilets, showers, minibar, cafe, etc) are supplied by the surrounding public space. So it’s a tiny room, with a […]

Domus – Mobile Compact Home

This is a very cool idea. Designer Andrew Dutton has come up with the ultimate convertible. It’s a house and vehicle that’s flexible and expandable. The platform is based on a Mercedes Sprinter van but sections slide out and up to provide more home space. It will be interesting to see if a market emerges […]