Tiny Houses

Flexible micro-dwelling envisioned as shelter, vacation home and more

Flexible micro-dwelling envisi...
The project is named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
The project is named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was developed as a self-contained wooden shell that's flexible and can easily adapt to different locations and terrain
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was developed as a self-contained wooden shell that's flexible and can easily adapt to different locations and terrain
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle could serve as holiday cabin, shelter, vacation home, or research dwelling
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle could serve as holiday cabin, shelter, vacation home, or research dwelling
As you may have guessed, Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is installed in the Slovenian capital's castle 
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As you may have guessed, Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is installed in the Slovenian capital's castle 
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of three connected volumes 
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of three connected volumes 
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is modular and can be arranged in different ways 
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is modular and can be arranged in different ways 
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle doesn't require standard foundations
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle doesn't require standard foundations
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area
Inside the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Inside the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is finished simply and looks very snug
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle is finished simply and looks very snug
A not-very clear shot of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's bathroom
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A not-very clear shot of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's bathroom
A ladder offers access between floors
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A ladder offers access between floors
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle offers multiple views thanks to its generous glazing
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle offers multiple views thanks to its generous glazing
Each floor inside the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle can be rearranged and configured to suit
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Each floor inside the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle can be rearranged and configured to suit
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was developed as a self-contained wooden shell that's flexible and can easily adapt to different locations and terrain
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was developed as a self-contained wooden shell that's flexible and can easily adapt to different locations and terrain
The project, named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle could serve as holiday cabin, shelter, vacation home, or research dwelling
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The project, named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle could serve as holiday cabin, shelter, vacation home, or research dwelling
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle doesn't require standard foundations, but can be affixed to the ground using either a steel anchoring system or removable concrete cubes
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle doesn't require standard foundations, but can be affixed to the ground using either a steel anchoring system or removable concrete cubes
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of three connected volumes
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of three connected volumes
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle was made in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of a wooden shell
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Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle consists of a wooden shell
The project is named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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The project is named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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Architectural plan of the Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle
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This unusual-looking little project by Slovenia's OFIS Architects looks like it could appeal to those looking for a flexible, non-towable tiny house/micro-dwelling. Currently installed in the grounds of Ljubljana Castle, the firm envisions it serving as a shelter, vacation home, housing for researchers, and more.

The project, named Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle on account of its location, was created in collaboration with Permiz, C+C, C28, and AKT with a view toward developing easily-transportable housing that can easily adapt to different locations and terrain.

Design-wise, it's reminiscent of the Kokoon and consists of three stacked volumes made from wood, measuring a total of 4.5 x 2.5 x 2.7 m (14.7 x 8.2 x 8.8 ft). However, the modular nature of the Living Unit allows it to be expanded in size or arranged horizontally too. It doesn't require conventional foundations, but is anchored into the ground.

The model pictured looks very snug inside. Visitors enter into a kitchen/dining area on the first floor, which includes a sink, stove and some seating. A storage unit doubles as a ladder up to the next floor, which has a sleeping area and, though you can't tell from the photos, the plans depict a small bathroom. Finally, a ladder leads up to the third and final floor, which would serve as a lounge.

Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle's kitchen area

This kind of thing obviously isn't for everyone and besides feeling cramped, we'd be worried about navigating those ladders after a few drinks, at night, or in an emergency. Still, add some solar power and install a composting toilet and you've got yourself a pretty unique cabin.

If you're in the Ljubljana Castle area and would like to take a look at the model pictured, the Living Unit is temporarily serving as a library, with each floor containing books of differing topics. It runs until August 14 and is open each day between 5:30 and 9:30 pm.

We've reached out to OFIS Architects for more details on availability and pricing and will update when we hear back.

Source: OFIS Architects

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2 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
It is a tiny house but it is big in style. I like it.
chase
I'd have to agree with Tom. Little snug but one of the better tiny home designs you've featured. Thanks for the write up Cheers