Tiny House: The Cube Project

Reader Contribution by Susan Melgren and Web Editor
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At only 10-by-10-by-10 feet, the Cube is one of the smallest, fully-functional houses available. Designed by Dr. Mike Page of the University of Hertfordshire in England, this extreme tiny house packs in all the necessary features one person (or two people without much need for personal space!) requires from a home, including a kitchen, dining room, bathroom and bed.

The first prototype Cube, which measures 10-by-10-by-10 feet, was on display in April 2011 in St. Andrew’s Square at the Edinburgh Science Festival. Photo Courtesy CubeProject.org.uk.

The Cube proves that you don’t have to sacrifice any creature comforts to live in a small space. Step into the Cube and you’ll first enter the lounge, a dining room-living room combination. When not in use, the dining room table slides against the wall, allowing room for the Cube’s two custom-designed chairs (upholstered in a wool-linen fabric) to come together as a sofa–the perfect lounging spot for watching the LED TV mounted on the wall above the table.

The Cube’s lounge is the first room visitors see upon entering the building. The dining room table slides out from the wall, allowing two people to eat across from each other. When not in use, the dining room table slides back against the wall and the two custom-designed storage chairs slide together to form a sofa, a perfect spot for watching the home’s LED TV. Photo By Allan MacDonald/Courtesy CubeProject.org.uk.

Go up the first flight of space-saving stair steps and you’ll find yourself on the kitchen/bathroom level. The bathroom features a composting toilet, full-sized shower and washing machine. The kitchen comes complete with an induction cooktop, microwave, sink with drain, energy-efficient mini fridge, cupboards for storage and re-circulating range hood. Next to the kitchen, up another set of space-saving stairs, is a natural latex and organic cotton double bed with storage space at its foot.

The Cube’s kitchen features a sink with drain, energy-efficient fridge, induction cooktop, storage cupboards and work space. The entire home, including the kitchen, is covered with cork flooring. Photo By Allan MacDonald/Courtesy CubeProject.org.uk.

This self-sufficient tiny house saves more than space though. Designed to be carbon neutral, the Cube generates its own energy (3kW) through 16 photovoltaic panels on the building’s roof and one of its wall, and it saves energy through LED lighting, triple-glazed windows and an air-source heat pump that extracts heat from air inside the home.

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