Walden’s Contemporary Tiny House is a self-sufficient dwelling built with natural materials, a small house that manages to combine sustainability with sleek design. Walden Studio mounted this 17m² (183ft²) house (23m²/248ft² loft included) on a trailer for Marjolein Jonker, a Tiny House pioneer and ambassador for the Tiny House movement in the Netherlands. The compact size of the house led to a multi-functional design, which makes it not just a house with an interior, but a house where the interior is part of the design as a whole.
The front door of the house is made up of two large windows. Once inside you can nest yourself in the corner couch, which accommodates storage space and can also be transformed into a dining table that seats four. In the middle of the house you’ll find a kitchen, the stairs and a desk. The stairs functions as a closet and offers space for the refrigerator, while the bathroom allows you to sit back and enjoy a panoramic view while bathing. The most defining feature of the house though, is the big amount of available daylight thanks to the four openings on the roof. Despite the constraints of a small sized house, it feels spacious and transparent. This effect is further strengthened by the use of light materials, a white finish for the walls combined with birch plywood.
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The house is inspired by the tiny house movement. 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. Furthermore, living smaller means using less energy. In this house, a small wood stove can easily heat the entire home and the roof is fitted with three big solar panels that produce the required electricity. In the bathroom a composting toilet has been placed to reduce water usage and create compost. The house will also harvest its own rainwater and take care of waste water with a natural wastewater treatment system. The ecological impact is reduced even further by using bio-based materials. To give some examples, the facade is made out of thermally modified pine wood from Scandinavia, treated naturally to last as long as a tropical hard wood. The construction consists of spruce wood studs and Ecoboard, a sheet material made of agricultural waste products, which has been painted with ecological paint. The floor is made of cork and to keep Marjolein warm during the Dutch winters, the house is insulated with a layer of sheep wool.
To get an idea on how the house was built, click on the video below (in dutch).
Walden is a design studio for small, self-sufficient and experimental architecture founded in 2015 by brother and sister Lena and Laurens van der Wal. Walden believes in efficient and compact living to increase happiness and reduce our carbon footprint. In today’s society sometimes it seems as if more and bigger stuff are the main purpose of our existence. Lena and Laurens are working on small bio-based and self-sustaining housing to get more people’s attention to what really matters, namely the people around you, time to learn and play, and the environment in which we live.