A Small House is a tribute to the endless artistic inventiveness of architects and ingenuity of perception of the familiar and known concepts. It is also a conscious pivot towards sustainability and reduction of impact on the environment as well as a daring attitude of change in lifestyle. As humanity faces inevitable pressures such as climate change, an increase in population, and strain on resources, these solutions are helping shape what the world may look like in the future.

Foto: © Taschen

Photo: © Taschen

Whether in the dense urban areas of Tokyo, the wilderness of Australia, the woods of Canada, or a rooftop in Ecuador, this is the world of Small Houses, 80 examples of which were recently presented in a fascinating book from the Taschen Verlag.

Der japanische Architekt Takeshi Hosaka probiert das Leben auf begrenzter Fläche selbst aus und wohnt in Tokio im Love2 House auf nur 19 Quadratmetern. Foto: © Taschen

Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka tries out living in limited space for himself and lives in Tokyo’s Love2 House in just 19 square metres. Photo: © Taschen

The one common point they share, is that they all have an area of no more than 100 square meters. Spanning 25 countries such as Brazil, Hungary, South Korea, Netherlands, USA, Japan, and Australia, described here there are houses designed by 57 architects, including Takeshi Hosaka’s Love2 House, Aranza de Ariño’s Casa Tiny, and the work of Jakub Szczęsny, Charles Pictet, Lada Hršak, BIG, and Fran Silvestre, among others. This is a journey not only through recent evolutions in architectural design and creativity, but it is also a step toward a more sustainable world.

About the Author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Architecture Now! series and monographs on numerous major architects, including Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid.

About the Book “Small Houses”

Taschen-Verlag summarises the content of the book “Small Houses” thus: “Get closer and discover the world’s finest selection of petite architecture. Including the work of Alphaville, Olson Kundig, BIG, Aranza de Ariño, Takeshi Hosaka, and MAPA, this diverse collection of small but delicate houses proves that 100 square meters is plenty of room for intelligent and responsible building. Dream big—build small.”

In Seoul konstruierten Smaller Architects mit dem Seroro House ein modernistisches Turmhaus, in dem ein Ehepaar auf 66 Quadratmetern, verteilt auf fünf Geschosse, wohnt. Foto: © Taschen

In Seoul, Smaller Architects constructed the Seroro House, a modernist tower house in which a married couple lives on 66 square metres spread over five floors. Photo: © Taschen

Hardcover, 24.6 x 37.2 cm, 3.41 kg, 424 pages, to order online at the Taschen Verlag

ISBN 978-3-8365-8701-3 German, English and French edition)
ISBN 978-3-8365-9397-7 (English, Italien and Spanish editon)