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The Skinny Minihouse is a Study in Low-Impact Urban Housing in Germany

by , 10/12/11
filed under: Architecture



Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects, Drexler, Guinand, Jauslin, green design, eco-design, sustainable design, Frankfurt, Germany, Minihouse, low impact housing, energy efficiency, tiny homes, daylighting, natural ventilation

European cities are becoming increasingly crowded, so creative measures need to be taken to maximize urban density without making people stir crazy. By building a tall and thin prototype with clever use of lighting and space, Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects managed to pack 660 m³ of building volume onto a teensy 29 square meter plot.

Lofty ceilings, rafters, and skylights, along with tall high performance windows, give the industrial-chic home a sense of expansive freedom without gobbling up a lot of natural resources or energy, and responsibly sourced timber with a low embodied energy footprint was used throughout. This is a simple project that nonetheless acts as an excellent example of how to achieve urban densification and strong, healthy aesthetics.

+ Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects

Via Architizer

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