Tiny Houses

Students envision tiny house community on rails

Small House on Tracks is envisioned as a commune for artistic types in Gdańsk Shipyard
Small House on Tracks is envisioned as a commune for artistic types in Gdańsk Shipyard
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Small House on Tracks is envisioned as a commune for artistic types in Gdańsk Shipyard
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Small House on Tracks is envisioned as a commune for artistic types in Gdańsk Shipyard
The concept calls for a number of tiny homes to reinvigorate Gdańsk Shipyard, in the wake of the once bustling industrial center's steady decline
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The concept calls for a number of tiny homes to reinvigorate Gdańsk Shipyard, in the wake of the once bustling industrial center's steady decline
Because the homes would sit on the existing rail tracks, there's an element of flexibility, and they could be pushed around the area
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Because the homes would sit on the existing rail tracks, there's an element of flexibility, and they could be pushed around the area
Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
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Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
A skylight offers natural light during the day, and the homes would get at least some of their required juice from solar power
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A skylight offers natural light during the day, and the homes would get at least some of their required juice from solar power
There's also a kitchenette, a pull-out countertop table, and a couch that turns into a bed
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There's also a kitchenette, a pull-out countertop table, and a couch that turns into a bed
The interior layout includes a small toilet and shower area (with very plush-looking fittings)
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The interior layout includes a small toilet and shower area (with very plush-looking fittings)
Folding furniture and hidden nooks help make the most of available space
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Folding furniture and hidden nooks help make the most of available space
The concept is also possibly named Little House on Rails, depending on how you like your Polish translated
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The concept is also possibly named Little House on Rails, depending on how you like your Polish translated
The homes would be constructed from laminated wood and steel, and measure just 209 x 150 x 243 cm (6.85 x 4.92 x 7.97 ft) when in a "closed" state
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The homes would be constructed from laminated wood and steel, and measure just 209 x 150 x 243 cm (6.85 x 4.92 x 7.97 ft) when in a "closed" state
When somebody is in residence, the homes would pull out and increase in length by an additional 1 m (3.2 ft)
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When somebody is in residence, the homes would pull out and increase in length by an additional 1 m (3.2 ft)
Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
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Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
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Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks
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Architectural drawing of Small House on Tracks

We've covered plenty of tiny houses on wheels here at Gizmag, but Small House on Tracks is the first that would sit on rails. Designed by Polish architecture students Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota, the concept comprises a number of expandable tiny homes that could be moved around on existing rail tracks in Gdańsk Shipyard.

The concept, also possibly named Little House on Rails (depending on how you like your Polish translated) is envisioned to serve as a commune for artistic types. It should also reinvigorate Gdańsk Shipyard, in the wake of the once-bustling industrial center's steady decline.

The tiny dwellings would be constructed from laminated wood and steel, and measure just 209 x 150 x 243 cm (6.85 x 4.92 x 7.97 ft) when in a "closed state" – that is, when unoccupied or in transport. When someone is in residence, the homes would pull outwards and increase in length by an additional 1 m (3.2 ft).

There's also a kitchenette, a pull-out countertop table, and a couch that turns into a bed
There's also a kitchenette, a pull-out countertop table, and a couch that turns into a bed

The interior boasts a small toilet and shower area (with plush-looking fittings), a kitchenette, a pull-out countertop table, and a couch that turns into a bed. A skylight offers natural light during the day, and the homes would get at least some of their required juice from roof-based solar panels.

Because the homes would sit on existing rail tracks, there's an element of flexibility, and they could be pushed around the area – presumably with relative ease given their small stature. Whether this would be more useful than simply adding wheels and thus lending an even greater degree of flexibility isn't clear from the proposal, nor are other details like plumbing and electricity requirements, in addition to how the homes expand.

Source: Archinea (Google Translate) via Dezeen

4 comments
Tom Swift
what's the point/purpose of moving them about?
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is neat. It gives meaning to 'mobile home'. Don't like the view? Just push it down the rail to a better view.
DrPepper59
You could move your itinerant workers from place to place. Just hook them all together and move on to the next town.
Hitekguy
You can only move it down the rail as far as the next house, which in the picture is about 10 feet.
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