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The three-storey micro house that squats on a car parking space

Parking charges and residents’ permits rarely, if ever, reflect the real estate value of the land or road space occupied by the car. And yet, it’s an issue that drivers feel extremely strongly about. Earlier this year we built a fake skip in which to store bicycles, but so angry were some drivers that we were temporarily replacing a single…

Upcycled roof-top dwelling skirts need for planning permission

Killing numerous birds with one stone, the H-VAC house provides quick-build living space on existing brownfield sites using upcycled materials whilst bypassing the need for planning permission. The H-VAC is an architectural chameleon, disguising itself as a large air conditioning unit in “a playful subversion of planning legislation, exploiting permitted development rights for rooftop plant.” The clever dwelling, which can…

Tiny homes help low-income families onto property ladder

A Detroit-based social services agency is constructing a neighbourhood of ‘tiny homes’ in a bid to help local low-income families become homeowners. The project aims to build 25 houses ranging from 250 to 400 square feet in size, each equipped with a bed, dining area and sofa, as well as a range of cooking and cleaning appliances. Each has its own unique…

Pop-up ‘tree house’ unfolds in minutes

There’s a popular myth that Britain has somehow lost its engineering expertise. Try telling that to Tenfold Engineering based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The company has developed a series of highly innovative and efficient folding systems useful in countless applications, the most eye-catching of which are self-deploying buildings. Arriving on site on the back of a large lorry, the buildings unfold…