In an economic climate where roughly 15% of millennials are currently living in their parent’s home to save money, the “tiny house” offers a flexible, mobile, and affordable solution that gives individuals a sense of independence and home ownership. The unit can easily be towed behind a car or truck, and with a series of sliding walls and foldable furniture, multiple configurations of the space can be achieved. The space can be accessed in both an open and closed position.
The project consists of a metal and wood shell with a side wall and track system that folds down to allow a secondary shell to slide out and provide more interior space. Windows on every wall and an upper clerestory ensure that natural light can enter the space regardless of orientation. A sliding glass wall allows the user to open up the corner and create a greater connection between the interior and outdoor environment. The folding sofa/full size bed and built-in fold-out kitchen table free up the space to accommodate a range of live/work scenarios from remote desktop working to dinner parties.
With the tiny house, millennials can embrace a new sense of freedom to live and work in a location of their choosing.