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Posted By Sarah Rich On April 5, 2006 @ 8:55 pm In Architecture | 1 Comment

MicrocompactVillage [1]

Remember the Micro Compact Home [2]? It’s the tiniest of the small homes [3] we’ve talked about. A fusion of Japanese-inspired design and European manufacturing, the mini-minimalist dwelling manages to meet all your basic needs. Now m-ch [4] has taken thirty of their little cubes and stacked them into a Tree Village [5].

The homes themselves do not sit in trees, but on steel poles up to 15m high, arranged in a cylindrical formation around an open central shaft. The footprint on this concept is as tiny as the living space, just 12m-sq, to allow the villages to be built among tall, mature trees, and the rooftop of each house becomes a deck for the one above it (green roof opportunity [6]!). Like the free-standing micro compact home, the units in the Tree Village incorporate energy-efficient materials and technologies, including LED low-temperature lighting and low-emission glass.

As is clear from the model, this project has yet to be realized – it would be amazing to see it built! The team has proposed it as student housing for a European university. Few things could make me want to go back to college more than the opportunity to live in a high-tech Japanese tea room dorm in the trees.

+ micro compact home [5]

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[1] Image: http://www.vineetsc.com/wp_inhabitat/wordpress/?p=710

[2] Micro Compact Home: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_383.php

[3] small homes: http://www.inhabitat.com/prefabhousing.php

[4] m-ch: http://microcompacthome.com

[5] Tree Village: http://microcompacthome.com/projects/?con=tree

[6] green roof opportunity: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_748.php

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