Vietnamese Forest House puts tiny living on stilts
Vietnamesearchitect ChuVan Donghas completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and easysolution for temporary housing or tiny living. Dubbed Forest House,the 12-sq m (129-sq ft) home rests on two stilts and isone of three wooden cabins planned for a vast forestlandscape in the SócSơn District, 30.6 km (19 mi) outside of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Indesigning the home VanDong wanted to create a basic building model, with an accessible andlow cost construction method."Itis hoped that the project will inspire temporary housing projects byits simple construction and low cost,"says Van Dong, who is also a designer at Handyman decor and furniture.
"Designedas a small wooden box lying on the sloping hill, each house has asolid structure," says Handyman. "The interior is arrangedreasonably, compact and full of facilities, including glass windowsthroughout the home, which look straight out over the woods. It'sextremely poetic."
Constructedusing local pine wood, the timber home is built into the side of aslope and is supported by two steel pillars positioned at the frontof the dwelling. Boasting a simple design, the cabin features a largefloor-to-ceiling glass wall at the front of the home, capitalizing onits surrounding views and lush setting.
Themicro dwelling is suitable for two occupants and comes complete within-built furniture, including the sleeping quarters and desk, livingzone, log fire, air conditioning, separate toilet and basin. There isalso a romantic outdoor tub located behind the cabin amid the forest setting.
Constructed on a US$3,000 final budget, the Forest Home is a great example for tiny livingpossibilities and with a few additional amendments, such as solarroof panels, an elevated loft bed, mini kitchen and external watertank, this temporary home could easily be transformed into apermanent tiny residence.