The desire to downsize and simplify is a growing trend among millennials and baby boomers alike. Life in a technological world is so crowded and fast-paced, that sometimes the need to completely empty the mind is overwhelming.
However, they felt like we were taking the wrong approach to these wilderness getaways.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Ingels and Rose said that on a road trip together to the Catskill Mountains, they wondered why we buy plots of land in the wilderness only to clear and fill them with large holiday bungalows.
They discovered a gap in the tiny-house market that needed to be filled – customisable, self-sustainable and compact holiday homes.
Together, they have designed a 180-square-foot tiny house called the A45, operating under the company Klein.
“When you go into the woods, you actually want to get into the woods. A home that’s incredibly compact ensures that nature is what you end up experiencing.”
The tiny house is flat-packed and can be constructed on site. They have incorporated an A-frame design to help make the home feel spacious.
Inside is a kitchen, living/dining area, bathroom, loft space, and a wood-burning stove.
The interior is very Scandinavian – simple, clean and effective.
Walls are cork-lined and the home is powered by solar panels alone.
These materials are also customisable:
“We don’t want to dictate people how they should live and how it should look,” says Rose to AD . “For us, it was more important that the essentials, the bare bones, were really high quality.”
There is hope that this innovative idea will also make owning a vacation home more affordable.
Ingles and Rose claim that the houses can be constructed in just two weeks and are priced around 50,000 USD – 300,000 USD.
I’m packing my bags.