Gallery: World’s Smallest Sustainable House Can Fit a Family of Four

Here the king bed rests on top of the sofa and coffee table.

US-based Bridge Development, Corp. is behind the design for the Nano Living System and hopes to be able to provide their homes to people around the world in need of adequate housing. The Nano is built using solar-passive design and prefabricated metal Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that are capable of supporting structures 2-4 stories high and have an insulation of R-20 at only 4″ thick. Each Nano house comes ready to the site, including wiring, plumbing, furnishings as well as any of the additional sustainable features.

Solar panels on the roof can power the mini-home, and a rainwater catchment system, grey water recycling, green roof and argon-filled windows or solar heat pumps can be added. Inside the Nano are all the basic necessities of a home, including the kitchen, bathroom, closet, dining room as well as two king size beds that built into the ceiling and drop down to rest on the dining room table and the sofa and coffee table. The interiors have been designed with traditional Chinese feng shui accents that focus on well-being within the home. And all of this inside 200 square feet! They also have a one-bedroom model that runs 325 square feet.

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  1. lewy August 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Do you have a duplex model; also is there a price list for the products.

  2. anilan tk tk June 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

    give me cent nano house other much price

  3. Martha Kovac September 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Do you ship to Costa Rica, whats the cost and is it easy to install, what the price for the the 2 bedroom one and the one with 1 bedroom?

  4. vwalsh1 September 11, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I would like to know the price?

  5. seeking that May 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Is there a estimate on pricing on the 325 sqft nanohomes with built-in furniture and rainwater catchment features ?

  6. Seeking That May 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Need more information on Nano Homes for budget-living community

  7. DEEPA ELIZABETH November 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

    It is very good step towards “caring poor people”. I want to know about the price of one unit

  8. artwiz197 September 3, 2011 at 1:33 am

    What system did they use to build this virtual model?

  9. harikrishna July 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

    This is verymuch useful to grown up the middle class people living levels, who is living at unsustainable palces in the cities like “INDIA,SOUTH AFRICA,ETC…”.

  10. manjunatha November 17, 2010 at 3:53 am

    please give details of cost of nano house

  11. Ernie May 3, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Actually, I remember reading an article in the newspaper in Hong Kong a while (couple of years?) ago about a young guy living in something a bit similar to this one: I was squarish though.

    But anyway, I suppose it’s always good to try and push the boundaries. Many ideas might be adapted to make bigger homes better too.

  12. Ernie May 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Agree with zjacreman. As to “see if one person could actually live in such a small space”? Well, it’s all been done before… Just visit Hong Kong and Tokyo.

    I’ve lived in HK for many years and must say it’s amazing what ideas people come up with to create storage space etc. However, it’s difficult to stay sane for very long in such a tiny space.

  13. stek April 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Anyone else get the attack site warning when trying to visit the Nano Living Systems site?

  14. Mort April 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    A fireplace /heater right at the foot of a bed is very dangerous and will cause a fire eventually.

  15. Michael Janzen April 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Oh you think that’s small? LOL

    I’ve not built it yet but take a look at my nine square foot design…

    It’s not pointless, the point of this nine square foot example is to see if one person could actually live in such a small space. It would require very few possessions.

  16. zjacreman April 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t see clothes closets for one person, never mind four. Apparently designed for people who don’t own any books, either, or who don’t want even a small computer station.

    If space is such a pressing concern that you need a 200 sq ft footprint, why is it a detached house?

    A ‘family of four’ presumably means 2 kids. Show me a family with two teenagers in it that can live in that house without an eventual murder-homicide and I will show you my pet unicorn.

    Tiny design can be cool, but this is just pointless.

  17. dim April 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    the plans shown are not for this house.
    I really hope you can post the proper plans. I’de like to better understand the layout.

  18. Michael Janzen April 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Now we’re talking!!! Love to see more tiny houses on Inhabitat. So tired of those ‘green’ skyscrapers. :-)

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