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Flat-packed Mini House takes two days to install

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Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)
Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)
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Mini House is designed by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell (image: Andy Liffner)
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Mini House is designed by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell (image: Andy Liffner)
The flat-packed Mini House modules feature prefabricated walls, framing, roofing and trim-less windows that can be easily constructed on-site (image: Andy Liffner)
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The flat-packed Mini House modules feature prefabricated walls, framing, roofing and trim-less windows that can be easily constructed on-site (image: Andy Liffner)
The design includes an insulating polystyrene core which is cladded with plywood or plastic laminate (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
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The design includes an insulating polystyrene core which is cladded with plywood or plastic laminate (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
Mini House consists of prefabricated modules and parts that can all be recycled (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
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Mini House consists of prefabricated modules and parts that can all be recycled (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
The 15square meter Mini House module doesn’t require a building permit within Scandinavia (image: Andy Liffner)
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The 15square meter Mini House module doesn’t require a building permit within Scandinavia (image: Andy Liffner)
Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)
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Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)
Mini House module comes with an additional 15 square meter (161 sq. ft.) outdoor terrace with pergola (image: Andy Liffner)
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Mini House module comes with an additional 15 square meter (161 sq. ft.) outdoor terrace with pergola (image: Andy Liffner)
Mini Houses can all be easily customized or adapted with the addition of extra modules (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
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Mini Houses can all be easily customized or adapted with the addition of extra modules (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
Mini House is designed to withstand a diverse range of weather condition and climates (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
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Mini House is designed to withstand a diverse range of weather condition and climates (image: Lars Petter Pettersen)
New versions will soon be available in several sizes ranging from 15 to 70 square meters (161 to 753 sq. ft)
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New versions will soon be available in several sizes ranging from 15 to 70 square meters (161 to 753 sq. ft)
Mini House creator Jonas Wagell
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Mini House creator Jonas Wagell
Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)
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Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)
Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)
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Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days (image: Andy Liffner)
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Mini House is a functional prefabricated modular home that comes delivered flat-packed and can be constructed on-site in just two days. The first prototypes, which were designed and built by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell in 2010, are currently being used as summer houses in different parts of Sweden.

The flat-packed Mini House modules consist of prefabricated walls, framing, roofing and trim-less windows. The design includes an insulating polystyrene core clad with plywood or plastic laminate, a technique that is often used in the construction of caravans and floating homes.

“Mini House is quicker to build than a regular house and consists of prefabricated modules and parts that can all be recycled or combusted,” Mini House creator Jonas Wagell told Gizmag.

Similar to the Finnish Micro House, the 15 m2 (161 ft2) Mini House module doesn’t require a building permit within Scandinavia and comes with an additional 15 m2 (161 ft2) outdoor terrace with pergola. This clever design gives occupants a larger living zone, with large sliding glass doors that open out onto the outdoor terrace.

With prototypes being trialled and tested, the Mini House concept is undergoing some design and function upgrades and new versions will soon be available in several sizes ranging from 15 to 70 m2 (161 to 753 ft2). The Mini House 2.0 is being designed in co-operation with the Swedish architectural studio Sommarnöjen and the first models are planned to be introduced on the market later this year.

Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)
Large sliding glass doors open out onto the outdoor terrace (image: Andy Liffner)

While the larger Mini House 2.0 options are still in the final development stages, Wagell confirmed that the models will be equipped with a smart and cost-efficient modular bathroom unit, a modern energy-efficient kitchen, maximized storage space and the option to include photovoltaic panels.

Designed to withstand a diverse range of weather condition and climates, the Mini Houses can all be customized or adapted with the addition of extra modules.

“We are also developing customized solutions for bedrooms, bathroom, sauna, kitchen, living room and storage etc. which can be added as options,” said Wagell. “We will start delivering houses for the Scandinavian market early next year and will accept orders from the rest of Europe when we have established a good routine.”

Source: Jonas Wagell via Inhabitat

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17 comments
Gregg Velosi
That's freaking awesome! I picture myself in an empty field, tapping my foot & looking at my watch "Damnit...where the heck is my house, it was supposed to be here by now!"
MasterG
Thats a shack. In s.a's shanty towns it doesnt take two days to build a shack.
bas
Pretty nifty shack if I may say so, never seen 2 day shacks this nice, in S.A., Brazil or India.
yrag
OK bas, it's a 'shed', a nice looking shed in an upscale neighborhood. How's that?
Strauski
Imagine trying to make a bed which is against a wall on three sides. Almost impossible.
drumalis
If the cost is reasonable I can see this being an attractive option for some people. I have been retired for a couple years now with a fairly good pension; but nobody would call me rich. Traveling south for the Winter and living in a house like this is more appealing to me than living in a trailer. Unfortunately I'm guessing it will be quite a bit more money than I think it should be.
Griffin
@MasterG Well, build your "shack" complete with running water&electricity installed in two days and let's see it up here on Gizmag!
Atul Malhotra
Wait till a typhoon, heavy rains or an earthquake hits that Ge ready for serious fatalities ! And I haven't even started about cooling/heating needs or security against break ins and burglaries !
OwkayeGo
Not one picture of the inside so we can see the cooking and bathing rooms?
Steven Murphy
i would use this for a home office, or something like that