Many might think adventure begins with leaving the home, but what if you could take your abode with you wherever you go? Dutch design agency Walden Studio teamed up with carpenter Dimka Wentzel to design a contemporary take on the tiny house that offers both small-scale luxury and the freedom of the open road. Built from bio-based materials, the beautiful mobile home is completely self-sufficient and equipped with energy-saving and -generating systems for 100% off-grid living.
Created for client Marjolein Jonker, Walden Studio’s abode is the first tiny house to be legally placed with a temporary permit by a municipality in the Netherlands. Despite its small 17-square-meter footprint, the compact house creates the illusion of spaciousness with an open-plan layout and large glazed windows, two of which form the front door and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Natural daylight spills into the home and reflects off the white-finished walls, cork floors, and birch plywood paneling.
The largest area of the tiny home is the multifunctional seating area, just beyond the front doors, that includes a multipurpose, transforming piece of furniture that morphs from a couch with hidden storage space to a dining table that can seat four. The kitchen, desk, and stairs with storage are located in the center of the home, while the bathroom with a composting toilet and shower are tucked away in the rear. The bedroom and a closet are on the loft level.
“The house is inspired by the tiny house movement,” said the architects. “Living small generates more freedom; there is less junk in your house, you have to clean less and you don’t have to worry about a high mortgage since the average price is a fifth of a ‘normal’ house.” Thermally modified pine wood, spruce wood studs, and Ecoboard clad the tiny house and are bolstered by sheep wool insulation so that only a small wood stove is needed to heat the entire building. Rooftop solar panels power the off-grid home, while rainwater is harvested and wastewater is treated using a natural system.
Images via Walden Studio