Tiny Houses

The micro home that took four minutes and nine seconds to install

The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
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The micro dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
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The micro dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
British architectural studio, Horden Cherry Lee hass installed its sixteenth Micro Compact home overlooking Lake Maggiore in Switzerland.
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British architectural studio, Horden Cherry Lee hass installed its sixteenth Micro Compact home overlooking Lake Maggiore in Switzerland.
The guest home features an adjustable double bed and living/dining space that can accommodate up to eight guests
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The guest home features an adjustable double bed and living/dining space that can accommodate up to eight guests
The 2.6 meter (8.53ft) wide cube home weighs only 1.8 tons (2.02 tons)
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The 2.6 meter (8.53ft) wide cube home weighs only 1.8 tons (2.02 tons)
Micro Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee architects
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Micro Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee architects
Interior design of the Micro Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee architects
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Interior design of the Micro Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee architects
Its design has been modeled from traditional Japanese tea-houses
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Its design has been modeled from traditional Japanese tea-houses
The micro home has the optional of being installed with roof photovoltaic solar panels that are combined with a small diameter vertical axis wind generator
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The micro home has the optional of being installed with roof photovoltaic solar panels that are combined with a small diameter vertical axis wind generator
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
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Micro-Compact Home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects
The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
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The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest
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The micro-dwelling was flown in via helicopter to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guest

British architectural studio Horden Cherry Lee has installed its sixteenth Micro-Compact Home overlooking Lake Maggiore in Switzerland. The micro-dwelling was flown in by helicopter last month to accommodate the owner’s last minute visiting guests and was fully installed in just 4 minutes and 9 seconds.

The short installation time was helped by the fact that the land was already prepared with four small foundation pads, water access, waste and electricity.

The 2.6 meter (8.53 ft) wide cube home weighs only 1.8 short tons (1.6 metric tons), due to its light-weight aluminum frame and boasts an estimated energy consumption of 4-5 kWh per day. The guest home features an adjustable double bed, living/dining space that can accommodate up to eight guests, toilet, shower, kitchenette, air conditioning and LED lighting.

Horden Cherry Lee architects came up with the original Micro Compact home prototype back in 2005, which was constructed using a wooden frame and based on traditional Japanese tea-houses. Since then the model has been modified to include a lightweight structure, optional roof photovoltaic solar panels that are combined with a small diameter vertical axis wind generator, long duration LED lighting and external walkways.

Sources: Horden Cherry Lee, Micro Compact Home via Dezeen

9 comments
flylowguy
The site was prepared prior, though. That ought to count. The 'installed in 4 minutes' is just promotion and marketing. I 'install' the same kind of thing every time I pull the travel trailer into a campsite.
chidrbmt
This modern cube sticks out like a sore thumb in a nature setting. No price tag ether.
DrPepper59
I bet the price tag is embarassing and I'd take the travel trailer over this any day.
kellory
Delivered by helicopter? like I have one of those ready and waiting of a last minute guest? Get real. It's a portable power station with an bed and breakfast. And it took four minutes to hook up, not "Install." Installation includes all the prep work!
Serge Richard
I'm glad this was mentioned; "The short installation time was helped by the fact that the land was already prepared with four small foundation pads, water access, waste and electricity." added to the fact it took them a lot longer to build it from scratch (at the airport?) No seriously, $50,000 would make a great RV purchase IMO.
SteveO
The other commenters have missed two interesting things here. Accommodate last minute guests. Really? Oh, I forgot we all have concrete pads and utilities set up on our land just in case we have last minute guests and need to helicopter in a guest house.
Griffin
Cool concept, but I'm sure the helicopter time alone was enough to buy&build a nice yurt there.
packoftwenty
What a hideous 'house' design, quelle surprise. Why didn't they make it look like a quaint old cottage, with a thatched roof? That wouldn't destroy the countryside enough, I guess.
Joy Granger
Let's see: 1) Pre-prepared site. $50,000.00 2) SIXTEENTH UNIT INSTALLED!!! @ $10,000.00/unit? =$160,000!!!! 3) Frellin' SWITZERLAND!!!! Not Wisconsin or New Hampshire. 4) Helicopter ride. $8,000.00 5) Able-bodied crew to "just install it" @ $100/hour = $3,000.00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total for 75 square foot = $320,000.00 or $426.00 per square foot. I'll take two! Do you accept C.O.D.?