Monday, April 25, 2011
Masters of Spacial Reasoning
I have a particular love for small homes, I think for the same reason I enjoy vegan cooking even though I eat meat. It's exciting to see how innovative people get when given restrictions on a project. Personally, restriction often does more to motivate me than complete freedom. (What would you do with the prompt, "make a manifesto using no text"?) It's a shortcut to problem solving mode.
The small spaces trend is one that's gaining popularity quickly. With land at a premium in many Old World nations, and populations rising worldwide, architects who specialize in fitting us all into smaller living spaces comfortably can only get more work. New York City is famous for "shoebox" apartments; what strategies can make these spaces more livable? Some favor maximizing vertical space when there's no horizontal space to spare. Others make the space multitask on a new level. Still others make the space portable and affordable, especially when considering a guest house or vacation cabin.
We all like looking, but I'd like to ask all of you: would you live in a tiny home?