Do small and tiny homes have to be oppressive, cutesy shoeboxes? Thank goodness, no. If creatively laid out, and with a few big windows, the interior can feel quite spacious -- and we've seen quite a few. Dutch company Woonpioniers ("Living Pioneers") custom-builds little modern gems like this home for those who want to live in a smaller, simpler space, without having to make it themselves.
Dubbed the Porta Palace, this expansive unit was designed by Daniel Venneman and built in collaboration with Jelte Glas. A set of full-height, operable glass doors occupies a sizeable section of one of the house walls, letting a flood of natural daylight come into a pared-down but functional sitting room. When open, the doors also allow the outdoors to overlap into the interior space. What's a bit of a head-scratcher here is the fact that the footprint has part of one corner sliced off, presumably to catch more sun as it arcs across the sky, but it does shrink the square footage a bit (something you probably don't want in a small house).
Looking toward the other end, you see the kitchen and bathroom placed across from each other. The bathroom sits behind a sliding door, which gives a bit more space. The sleeping loft is accessible by a set of over-sized, wooden steps or containers that appear to double as storage. This whole side of the house gets lit by an enormous window placed by the kitchen counter, that spans up to also the loft.
Up above, there's a small window and skylight, (shared with the kitchen below) that brings light and air into the sleeping loft.
Outside, you can see that large kitchen window punching out a geometric form in the facade, making for a rather unique look.
Wherever possible, the house uses ecological materials, such as hemp-flax insulation, while the steel roof and glass components are nearly 100 percent recyclable. Glas, who will be personally living in this prototype, plans to install solar panels and a battery kit in the future. Find out more on Woonpioniers.