Bulgarian architect Hristina Hristova got the idea for this tiny vacation house out of desire to stay away from the crowds and the concrete of the five stars beach resorts and spend time somewhere calmer and closer to nature instead. The limited budget available kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it, distant and impossible. And by doing so she was just going to be part of the concrete army invading the seaside. So she opted for making her family retreat on wheels. The restrictions defying the sizes of a vehicle that could freely go on the roads determined the size of her tiny home – 9 square meters. This was all she got to make a functional vacation house.
The limited space was a challenge but she managed to fit everything necessary without the unpleasant claustrophobic feeling of being stuck in a narrow place full of stuff. The standard height of 2,4m at the ridge of the roof as well as the substantial glazing made this tiny project feel more like a spacious house. The light coming from the full height windows allowed the amazing sea view to become a dominant part in the interior. As the feel of the used materials were very important to her and family they chose to go with white oiled cladding and ply wood. This oil allowed the timber to breathe and kept the enchanting smell of freshly cut wood stay in the tiny house forever.
As the main goal of this project was to make them spend more time outside and make up for the murky, rainy, winter days in the office she made the exterior a natural continuation of the interior. A big bench spanning across the main façade made enough space for their dear friends coming to visit. Under the canopy they spent long afternoons drinking chilled wine. And as the Bulgarian traditions demand often their afternoon wine turned into long dinners with sea food and light music. That’s why they added accent exterior lighting as well as white panes to better reflect the light. Koleliba as they called this tiny vacation house (koleliba – a made up word meaning a hut with wheels) is their response to the invading consumerism that encourages people to always want their homes bigger, better and unnecessary luxurious. It’s a step back to a simpler life without excesses but full of free time, happy moments and friends that we often have to sacrifice in our never ending drive for asking more.
Koleliba is a mini holiday home on wheels and Hristina Hristova’s no to megalomania, yes to the simple joys, the summer adventure and nature.