We often get comments about how difficult it would be to live in some of the Prefab Friday homes that we have featured, and none have received more criticism than the Micro Compact Home (m-ch) which we recently featured in our Top 5 Tiniest Prefab Homes post. But the proof is in the pudding, and in 2006, the Technical University of Munich in Germany installed a small village of seven of these homes for six students and a professor to live in for a full year.
The m-ch house is a lightweight, transportable dwelling that attempts to diminish its energy usage by the efficient design of living space. It is also very small, as in, 2.65 cubic meters, or 77 cubic feet. Lest you think that the folks living inside it will not be able to enjoy themselves or may lack many of the comforts of a regular house, the m-ch features broadband and standard internet links, a plasma screen and high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances. All very tightly packed. To build the village, an external steel structure was created, upon which the various units were mounted. To allow for vertical access to the second floor, a stair core and lift were added.
The village, which was launched last year, was designed by Professor Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee Architects with Haack Hopfner Architekten. Originally meant to last only for six months, the village proved so popular with students that their stay on it was extended to a full year.