“Compact dimensions allow the micro home to nest amidst small trees and shrubs and integrate into any landscape. The m-ch is delivered by trailer or light crane and may be arranged as a single unit raised above the ground on a light aluminium frame and placed in a garden for private use, as a ‘guest home’ or ‘teen home’ or in the countryside for weekend leisure activities.
micro compact homes may be grouped in horizontal or vertical arrangements as ‘family clusters’, or form larger villages connected by personal outside spaces related to each unit.
A village of seven micro-compact homes, sponsored by international telecoms company O2 Germany, was built at the Technical University Munich.
The village, which was launched in November 2005, accommodates six students. The intention was that the selected six would live there, alongside their British Professor Richard Horden, for a single term only, but the village has proved so popular that the students have asked to extend their stay to the full academic year.
The micro-compact home student village was commissioned by Dieter Massberg, director of the Technical University of Munich’s Studentenwerk (Student Housing Authority). The project has been developed and supervised by Professor Richard Horden and colleagues at the TU Munich and by
Horden Cherry Lee Architects, London, and Haack Hopfner Architekten, Munich.
Each 2.65m cube features high technology, including broadband and standard internet links a plasma screen and high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances, some provided by co-sponsors, Siemens.
Potential uses are social or student accommodation, short stay business or leisure.