9 Beautiful Tiny Homes from Around the World [PHOTOS]

Small, sleek and environmentally-friendly, feast your eyes on these impressive tiny homes that are part of the Tiny House movement.

May 27, 2015

The Tiny Tack House is 140 sq. ft and is home to 2 adults and a cat.  [Screenshot]

Bigger is not always better, especially if you belong to the Tiny House movement. Quickly gaining momentum throughout the world, Tiny Houses are compact dwelling spaces that are designed with the intention of minimizing carbon footprints and cutting down on excess space. Some homes are mobile and can be parked – similar to an RV – and moved from one place to next; while others are well-rooted and situated in urban areas. Depending on the size, shape and location of a Tiny House, folks are saving a lot of money by reducing building and materials expenses and, in some cases, eliminating the need for a mortgage. A common theme of Tiny Houses is the amount of thought and creativity put into each tiny home design, with homeowners and designers focusing on the itty-bitty details that make each living space unique and eco-friendly.  Take a look at these nine impressive tiny homes from across the globe. 

1. THE HOBBIT HOUSE – WALES, UK

Straight out of Lord of the Rings, it only took a few months and a couple of thousand dollars for photographer Simon Dale to create this natural wonder. 
SIZE: 645 sq. feet – 60 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: compost toilet, straw bales in the floor, walls and roof for super-insulation and easy building, a fridge that is cooled by air coming underground through foundations.

The natural tiny dwelling. [Screenshot]

A cozy and roomy interior - fit for a hobbit or human. [Screenshot]

2. THE LEGO APARTMENT – BARCELONA, SPAIN

Photographer Christian Schallert saw potential in the rundown 100-step walk up that he transformed into a beautifully designed pad. At first glance, the apartment looks like an empty cube, but all of the amenities are stored inside of wood paneled shelves, folding out to be a well-equipped living space. 
SIZE: 258 sq. feet - 24 sq. meter 
SPECIAL FEATURES: His bed rolls out from underneath his balcony and the stairs become bedside tables, a full sized refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and microwave. 

This is how the cube looks when it's closed. [Screenshot]

All the drawers are opened to reveal a beautifully designed and inviting living space. [Screenshot]

3. THE HORI NO UCHI HOUSE – TOKYO, JAPAN

Micro homes are all the rage in Japan. More than 70% of Japan’s total landmass is covered by forests and mountain ranges, leaving the urban population little space to construct. The creative designers took advantage of the left-over edge of a street to build the sleek  Hori no Uchi house.
SIZE:  595 sq. feet - 55 sq. meters 
SPECIAL FEATURES:  A sheltered parking spot built into the house, a loft area that serves as a children’s playroom

The exterior equipped with a built-in parking space. [Screenshot]

The sunny and spacious living room. [Screenshot]

4. TINY TACK HOUSE –  SNOHOMISH, WA, USA

Chris and Malissa Tack became enthralled with the idea of a Tiny House. The photographer and 3-D designer set out to create their own mobile tiny dream home that they share with their beloved cat. 
SIZE: 140 sq. feet – 13 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: All electricity sourced from solar power, has its own fresh water tank, multi-purpose features like a living room bench that doubles as an extra bed 

Solar power panel supplies electricity to the Tiny Tack House. [Screenshot]

Their cat has space to roam and wander in the house. [Screenshot]

5. THE RAVEN LOFT – PENDER ISLAND, CANADA 

This house perched in the pines is the brainchild of Geoff de Ruiter, a graduate student who sought a more sustainable lifestyle.
SIZE: 165 sq. feet  - 15 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: Majority of the materials used were recycled and repurposed, heated by an electric baseboard, lighting provided for by two 100-watt light bulbs and 6 candles

The Raven Loft has quite the scenic view. [Screenshot]

The bedroom. [Screenshot]

6. THE WINDY CITY’S TINIEST HOUSE – CHICAGO, IL, USA

Built a couple of years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this sweet little home is nestled in between stone buildings and brick townhouses in the Chicago neigbborhood of Old Town. 
SIZE: 780 sq. feet – 70 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: Considered a historical landmark, white picket fence, front deck

This quaint home has historical significance. [Photo by Jane Beiles] 

The two-room home is minimally furnished. [Photo by Jane Beiles] 

7. THE NAUTILUS HOUSE – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

This psychedelic sea shell-shaped dwelling was created by architect Javier Senosiain who fashioned the home according to the tenets of bio-architecture. The idea is that buildings are based on natural principles of organic forms in accordance with nature,  and avoids harmful materials and sharp corners. This funky dwelling was constructed for a family of four who were looking for something unconventional, which they certainly got. 
SIZE: N/A
SPECIAL FEATURES: A grass mat leads to the different rooms of the house, earthquake-proof, entry cut into a wall of colorful stained glass

The Nautilus house shines brightly at night. [Screenshot]

All of the furniture is built-in to this funky house. [Screenshot]

8. THE 24-ROOM APARTMENT – HONG KONG

Hong Kong is densely populated, which made architect Gary Chang think outside-of-the-box when he transformed a small tenement apartment into a living space with 24 different room combinations. 
SIZE: 330 sq. ft. – 30 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: Sliding panels that move space to reveal hidden areas and storage, like a wall of cds that when moved opens into a spa bathroom.

Chang lounging in his roomy tiny apartment. [Screenshot]

A top-of-the-line shower hidden behind the wall of cds. [Screenshot]

9. THE SMALLEST HOUSE IN ITALY – ROME, ITALY

Architect and designer Marco Pierazzi saw the potential in an abandoned, one-room alleyway house just steps away from Roman landmarks like the Pantheon and Saint Peter's Square. After some serious renovations, he lived there with his wife until their child was born. Now, Pierazzi rents his former home out to tourists looking for a cozy Roman getaway. 
SIZE: 75 sq. feet – 7 sq. meters
SPECIAL FEATURES: Fully equipped kitchen with electric stove, sink and refrigerator, bathroom and  large shower 

Stairs lead up to the bedroom. [Screenshot]

A view of the top floor. [Screenshot]

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