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63 Examples of Compact Architecture

From Cozy Blocked Abodes to Mini Mountainside Shelters

— March 26, 2014 — Eco
Compact architecture not only saves space, but can also reduce one's carbon footprint by lessening emissions from a home. While these examples of compact spaces may be a tad claustrophobic at times, the overall designs are stunning when recognizing what was done with such a small space.

The Dragon Village for example is a compact design of apartments, all complete with a parking space and even garages. The complex even has communal spaces in the center to avoid the excessive wind that tends to blow throughout the region. For more remote houses, the Noa House is a cabin located in a forested area, and uses a rhombus shape for its design.

Small does not have to mean cheap, and these pieces of compact architecture demonstrate this sentiment perfectly.
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Arched Cave-Like Abodes
Arched Cave-Like Abodes
This Unconventional Home in Mumbai is Like an Organic Living Oasis
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Compact Storage-Savvy Abodes
Compact Storage-Savvy Abodes
The Net Zero Energy Modern House by Klopf is Incredibly Organized
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Collaged Citrus Residences
Collaged Citrus Residences
The Herzberg Housing Development Merges Apartments and Townhomes
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Cozy Blocked Abodes
Cozy Blocked Abodes
Eureka Builds the Dragon Court Village in Japan
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White Arrow Abodes
White Arrow Abodes
The ISM House by the International Royal Architecture is Minimalist
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60
Swiftly Assembled Micro Abodes
Swiftly Assembled Micro Abodes
The Horden Cherry Lee Micro-Compact Home is Built in Four Minutes
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Cubbyhole Urban Apartments
Cubbyhole Urban Apartments
The 100m3 Admiral Flat Makes the Most of Dense Domestic Living
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Futuristic Barn Abodes
Futuristic Barn Abodes
The House M by AE5 Partners is a Fresh Take on a Classic Concept
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Angled Compact Abodes
Angled Compact Abodes
The House in Keyaki by SNARK and OUVI Boasts an Unexpected Interior
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Minimalist Matchbox Housing
Minimalist Matchbox Housing
Woonhuis Bedaux-Nagengast by Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten
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Sustainably Compact Beach Houses
Sustainably Compact Beach Houses
The Solar Powered Home by Tjep is Ecologically Responsible
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Boxy Cantilevered Cabins
Boxy Cantilevered Cabins
The Compact Cliff House Affords a Remarkably Expansive Experience
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Minuscule Floating Vacation Spots
Minuscule Floating Vacation Spots
The Polygon Resort Fits Up to 6 Visitors
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Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
Zigzag-Contoured Cabins
The Noa House Features Six Rhombus Facades for an Idiosyncratic Appearance
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Nomadic Cube Abodes
Nomadic Cube Abodes
The Bao House by dot Architects Optimizes the Concept of Mobile Homes
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Modular Hexagonal Homes
Modular Hexagonal Homes
Barry Jackson's HIVEHAUS is a Modular Housing Design Inspired by Bees
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Mini Mountainside Shelters
Mini Mountainside Shelters
The Cassina Refuge Tonneau is a Compact Capsule for Cozy Remote Living
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Compact Cube Homes
Compact Cube Homes
Mike Page's Cube Home is Compact and Eco-Friendly
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Tiny Transformative Apartments
Tiny Transformative Apartments
Christian Schallert Redesigns His Home on a Daily Basis
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Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Claim Architecture Creates a Spacious Get Away on a Small Lot
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Compact Forest Abodes
Compact Forest Abodes
The 'House in Lemesos' by George Papadopoulos
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Warped Sculptured Apartment Walls
Warped Sculptured Apartment Walls
This Sculptural Wall is Inside a Micro-Apartment
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Sustainable Seaside Shacks
Sustainable Seaside Shacks
The Kebony Boat House is an Eco-Friendly Take on Coastal Architecture
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Revolving Cylindrical Abodes
Revolving Cylindrical Abodes
The 'Roll It' Experimental House Offers a Fresh Take on Modern Homes
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Compact Caravan Nightclubs
Compact Caravan Nightclubs
The Black Box Revelation by Re-Make/Re-Model Offers a Unique Experience
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Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Vlad Mishin Hid All Functions Behind Walls in This Apartment
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Ultra-Compact Living Quarters
Ultra-Compact Living Quarters
The Living Cube by Till Koenneker Features Ample Storage and Space
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Adaptive Compact Architecture
Adaptive Compact Architecture
The Space-Saving Architecture Used for House Fin is Smart
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Slug-Like Structures
Slug-Like Structures
Hus Ett by Torsten Ottesjo Snuggles its Surroundings
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Compact Milk Carton Abodes
Compact Milk Carton Abodes
The House in Hiyoshi Makes the Most of a Small Space
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Cylindrical Pop-Up Homes
Cylindrical Pop-Up Homes
‘The Tube' Provides Compact Living Quarters in the Great Outd
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Portable Compact Homes
Portable Compact Homes
The 'Hut on Sleds' is Entirely Mobile
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Mobile Accordion Studios
Mobile Accordion Studios
The Nebula Portable Arts Space Unfolds for Creative Facilities Anywhere
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Pentagonal Eco Abodes
Pentagonal Eco Abodes
The Oyster House Caters to the Natural Environment of the Seaside
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Roomy Compact Homes
Roomy Compact Homes
The 'Ashley Avenue Residence' by TaC Studios Deceivingly Spacious
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Compact Cubby Hole Apartments
Compact Cubby Hole Apartments
The Le Refuge Apartments in France are Fully Equipped Wonders
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Modern Tokyo Compact Housing
Modern Tokyo Compact Housing
Architecture by Yasuhiro Yamashita
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Compact Parisian Studios
Compact Parisian Studios
The Tight Appartement Spectral Was Designed by Betillon and Dorval-Bory
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Spacious Compact Housing
Spacious Compact Housing
The Bernal Heights Residence by SB Architects is a Modernized Space
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Resourceful Corrugated Cabins
Resourceful Corrugated Cabins
Shelter/Pavilion is an Efficient Emergency Abode of Material Scraps
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Narrow Compact Abodes
Narrow Compact Abodes
Shaft House by Atelier rzlbd Makes the Most of a Small-Scaled Space
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Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Chris Pardo Design's Small Prefab Home is Ideal for Cozying Up with Nature
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Foldable Shelters
Foldable Shelters
The 'Fold Flat Shelter' by Adrian Lippmann is Connivance at its Finest
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Small-Space Architecture
Small-Space Architecture
The Angular and Super-Compact '63.02 House' in Japan
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Recycled Rustic Retreats
Recycled Rustic Retreats
The Finland Micro Cabin is a Nature Lover's Dream Space
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Effortless Prefab Retreats
Effortless Prefab Retreats
The Coodo 'My Home' Residences Come Furnished and Poised for Placement
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Eco-Friendly Portable Hotels
Eco-Friendly Portable Hotels
The In-Tenta Drop Eco Hotel Concept is Organic
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Self-Sufficient Treehouse Homes
Self-Sufficient Treehouse Homes
The Tiny Treehouse-Inspired House on Wheels Keeps Things Compact
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Super Squeezed Homes
Super Squeezed Homes
The Garage House is a Place to Rest Yourself and Your Car
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Single-Person Eco Homes
Single-Person Eco Homes
This Small Eco House by Renzo Piano is Fit for Just One Person
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Modular Emergency Refuges
Modular Emergency Refuges
The Almost Home Shelter is a Temporary Home for Disaster Survivors
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Indestructible Survival Pods
Indestructible Survival Pods
Atelier Van Lieshout Creates a Compact Bomb Shelter
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Credit Crunch Prefabs
Credit Crunch Prefabs
The L41 Home is Designed for Uneasy Economic Times
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12
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
The Whangapoua Sled House is Designed for Adaptable Beachside Living
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Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
The ESCAPE Luxury RV Cabin is Not Your Average Mobile Vehicle
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Minimalist Micro-Cabins
Minimalist Micro-Cabins
The Nindo Micro-Cabin Makes a Great Shelter in the Woods
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Teeny Tiny Teahouses
Teeny Tiny Teahouses
The Cloud Collective 'Hermits House' is a Compact Abode
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Recycled Yard Structures
Recycled Yard Structures
Backyard House's Beauty Belies in its Building Material of Discarded Wood
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Small Prefab Shelters
Small Prefab Shelters
The Mini House 2.0 by Jonas Wagell is Compactly Contemporary
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Weather-Resistant Mini Homes
Weather-Resistant Mini Homes
The Leaf House Sits on Four Wheels and Can Fit a Family of Four
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Assembled Modular Abodes
Assembled Modular Abodes
The Mobile SmartHouse is Completely Prefabricated
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Compact Portable Houses
Compact Portable Houses
The Port-a-Bach Container Home Provides Freedom of Movement
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Shipping Container Houses (Follow Up)
Shipping Container Houses (Follow Up)
The Illy House Blooms in 90 Seconds
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Portable Miniature Housing
Portable Miniature Housing
The Dwelle.ing Brings Charm to Residential Downsizing
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Mini Homes
Mini Homes
The Micro Compact Home
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