The Matchbox is a tiny dwelling, designed by Jay Austin, that aims to make an efficient use of space while minimizing occupants' footprint on their environment.
The Matchbox measures 2.2 x 5.8 meters and has a flat roof with the slightest of pitches, which allows rainwater to fall into the gutter. The water is then directed into a trio of 80 gallon tanks below the house, from where it is piped into the home to be used for showering and washing dishes. Grey water is also collected for other forms of reuse, while a solar array takes care of electricity needs.
The house is sheathed in red cedar wood that is charred to give it a warm, dark aesthetic while also making it fireproof, insect-proof and weatherproof.
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