"Wouldn’t it be great if our houses would fit more to us like a personal shell, instead of being oversized and one-size-fits-all?" asks Daniël Venneman, Dutch tiny home designer. His latest design, the Porta Palace, is a 194-square-foot home on wheels that features two expansive glass facades, making the interior space feel positively roomy. When people step into the house, say Vennemen, who also created the DIY Hermit House, a common reaction is "wow, this feels bigger than expected."
The tiny house was built for, and in partnership, with Jelte Glas who asked Venneman to help him “find a way to live in closer contact with nature in a house that really is my own.” The minimal design, with maximum exposure to the outside world, is the result.
One entire wall of the main living area is glass and opens outward on hinges to create a wide-open space. A boxy protruding window on the other side of the house floods the kitchen and elevated sleeping area with light. The opposing windows in the Porta Palace create a see-through effect from outside.
The living room sofa doubles as a guest bed and provides additional storage space as well. A hidden staircase gives access to the sleeping platform with the first step doubling as a movable side table that can be folded out of the way when not in use.
The tiny home showcases what Venneman calls “bio-based construction”. It was produced in Venneman’s workshop using timber-frame construction clad with treated wood that will allow the exterior to weather naturally. A steel roof and the glass used in the home are 100 percent recyclable. Glas has plans to add solar panels which will be able to provide enough electricity to power the home’s LED lights, the small fridge and the dry toilet ventilator.
Venneman and Glas are now working together on the idea of tiny villages in The Netherlands, with plans to gather five to ten movable tiny homes on unique temporary sites.
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