Creative use of space is a big challenge tiny house builders face, and seeing how designers and builders utilize that limited area is one of my favorite parts of browsing through these little homes.
On that note, meet Seelenkiste – translated as Soul Box – designed as a modular retreat by the architects of Allergutendinge in Germany. This artistic dwelling demonstrates the beauty and functionality of building vertically while keeping a unit completely mobile. It can be collapsed, transported, and reassembled as often as desired, whether in a remote location or the middle of a large city.
This idea could easily be adapted to full time tiny house living by adding a small kitchenette on the main level – perhaps by moving the sleeping area to the top level.
I love how the wall cutouts used for climbing to the upper level match the shelving cutouts, which provide many spacious storage areas.
About Seelenkiste, translated from the Allergutendinge website:
On the one hand the soul box opens our eyes on the environment, on the other, their residents may find itself. When Soul Box is a small research station, a minimum space for a maximum of two persons, which is limited to the bare minimum. A place to sleep, a niche for sitting, a good book, a hot cup of tea. Much more is needed to an ideal environment for the desired retreat and to provide the self-reflection. Through a strong relationship of the reduced available space, on the human scale, the user will also face strong with his own bodily experience. This self-respect is to release other processes and streams of thought.
Visit Allergutendinge for more information and images of this mobile retreat.