London’s 3 Meter Micro Cube House Produces More Energy than it Consumes

by , 05/10/11

The design is very simple on the outside, but the interior is another story. The ingenious layout manages to fit a full range of amenities within a shrunken floor plan. Three levels stack the living spaces upwards and provide storage for personal items and equipment. The heart of the floor plan is a very interesting alternating tread system, which saves space and allows access to the floors above with a minimalist design flair.

The lower portion contains a seating arrangement and table that can slide back and forth for lounging or dining. A generous kitchen is located a few steps up. Low-energy and space-saving appliances like an inductive stovetop, a super-efficient refrigerator and a combination oven and microwave don’t skimp of the opportunities to cook up a storm. Water and the space are heated with an efficient air-to-air split-system heat pump.

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  1. Deena Larsen October 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I cringe at houses like this, mostly because they are not accessible. I have a 320 square foot house, that does fit two wheelchairs and is energy efficient. Please, as we get into these tiny houses, think about access! (I have chronicled my search for accessible tiny houses –see access a hut.) But surely the hot water heater and under materials did not need such an odd stair step arrangement.

  2. FLWright August 22, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Fascinating design. This could help solve homlessness. Imagine a a housing project with these units that the tenant could rent. Provides low cost housing and pays for itself by selling the energy back to the city. It’s win-win.

  3. tewharaunz May 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Andrew. Very thought provoking. I’m imagining a remote hut or an inner city pad on a rented parking space. In most of New Zealand, buildings under 10m2 don’t require a building permit. Of course plumbing would require a permit, but my composting toilet didn’t.

  4. Andrew Michler May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    @dim I think all your questions are answered in the post. The third slide shows how the some of the space below the kitchen is used, there is also a hot water tank and composting toilet as well a storage, no space is wasted.
    Heat pumps are just that, they transfer heat from the interior and the exterior so there is a coil (heat exchanger) on either side of the wall.

  5. dim May 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

    it’s an interesting concept but there are some quirky thing. don’t really get why the kitchen is needed to be up on a raised platform. the space below the kitchen seems to be wasted.
    not to be picky but this is not a 3x3x3 cube. the wood sided part is 3x3x3 but there is the sloped part above. jsut because it’s painted black doesn’t mean it can be ignored. also the ehat pump is mounted on the outside.

  6. Andrew Michler May 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Thanks, should have used my calculator.

  7. Miguel Angel May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Great design. I would like better pictures to see more details. By the way, the title should read “London’s 27 cubic meter…” and not “…3 cubic meter…

  8. lazyreader May 10, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Of course it puts out more power. When you live in a shack smaller than the Unibomber, you’re bound to use little energy for the size of the solar panel.

  9. lolo May 10, 2011 at 2:56 am

    3x3x3= 27 cubic meters (not 3)

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