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Brief Published: 2 Feb 2015

Small is Beautiful

20 sq m house

Ordinary, the London-based architectural studio, showed an exciting concept for a 25 sq m house at the private view of Working Materials, a new exhibition at the Scin Gallery in London, last week.

The compact concept was shown with a series of experimental laser-cut façade treatments, depicting flocks of birds, spirals and more – a clever route into mass customisation. The house was designed in response to a new law in Sweden that means planning permission is no longer required for houses smaller than 25 sq m.

Ordinary describes the project as "an exercise in modern prefab technology: a fully parametric model that allows the floor layout to change from narrow and long to thick and short, while remaining in the stipulated area".

Also on show was a model of the Beyond Endurance timber skyscraper – a concept for "power plant living", designed to produce several times more energy than it consumes. The skyscraper uses high-tech composting technologies, greenhouses and façade components that generate wind and solar power.

Homes are evolving to adapt to contemporary family structures and living arrangements, as smaller families seek solutions for compact living. For more on micro-homes and -offices, see General Motors: Factory Homes and Modern Office: Containerville – Pop-Up Tech Hub.