Deviating slightly from our Prefab Friday norm, XXS exemplifies an essential trait of prefab: spatial efficiency.
If good things come in small packages, then the eXtra-eXtra-Small House is as good as it gets. The dimensions of the XXS house, located in a small historic town in Slovenia, were dictated by law to fall within the measurements of the preexisting house on the site, leaving just 43m-sq (approx 460ft-sq) of potential space. But the house successfully incorporates all the necessities.
The first floor contains a small kitchen, dining, living area, a full wall of storage and a bathroom; and incredibly, the second floor accommodates two bedrooms. A carefully placed light well allows plenty of daylight in despite the house’s northern orientation. The operable floor to ceiling window in the living area extends the interior space by opening onto an exterior porch.
Architect Dekleva Gregoric‘s design was motivated by efficiency of both space and materials. While the staircase looks a bit precarious, the design required remarkably little material and still functions as a regular set of stairs. Of course, skipping steps is not recommended.