The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and bathroom cell. Partition walls (with or without pocket doors) can be added to close off some areas or open the space as the occupants desire. A unique moveable “fire wall” can be opened onto the extended wooden deck, seamlessly blending the indoor living space with the surrounding landscape.
Like most modular structures, the HIVEHAUS is a fully functioning home, but the intriguing design comes with the distinct advantage of easy assembly and transport. No heavy machinery is required to assemble the cells, which can be done by two people in less than a day, and each cell is equipped with adjustable legs so they can be installed on uneven or sloping terrain.
In addition to ease of construction and flexibility, the home also incorporates a number of green building features. The green roof system is installed with solar panels and large circular sky domes, which allow natural light to flow throughout the interior space and giving the home a wonderful natural feel on the interior, and the bathroom is equipped with a composting toilet. According to the designer, the ultra compact and efficient design is meant to be “affordable – sustainable – flexible – easily expanded and portable as well as most importantly – extremely economical to run.”
Via Design Milk