Hus-1 - Compact Concept Living
Sometimes the greatest skill in architecture can be in distilling spaces down to their core elements, and assessing what is really required. This unique home, designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö, is a perfect example of this. At just 25sqm, this home is around the size of an average hotel room, but the clever use of space means that two people can live here on a permanent basis, with space for a guest too!
The building features convex walls which seam together with the floor creating both a sense of light and a naturally curved seating space along the sides of the interior. The structure is free-standing, so it can be moved anywhere; though the feeling created by the design is that it has actually sprouted out of the ground it rests on.
The space includes a kitchen, sleeping quarters, dinner table, hallway and other functions, each seamlessly integrated into one space.
The building is designed so the interior surfaces of the building creates a room which in itself is comfortable. By optimising the whole space, the design makes best use of the volume available. The idea behind this project was to create a well-designed room that does not need to be big or filled with furniture.
"I wanted the house to be difficult to overlook, no matter what the angle or the shape. Whether we look at it from either the outside or the inside, a lot is still left open. I believe we grow wiser if we are not given all the answers directly. Instead we get used to the fact that we cannot know everything. We learn to make decisions in relation to our surroundings." - Torsten Ottesjö
Photo courtesy of Torsten Ottesjö Architects