Micro House in Tsinghua
by Studio Liu Lubin

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This micro house in Beijing by Chinese architect Liu Lubin comprises three cross-shaped modules that can be flipped around to turn a living room into an office or bathroom (+ slideshow).

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Designed as both architecture and furniture, the modules are constructed to a minimum size with just enough room for sitting, sleeping or preparing food.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

The cross-shaped profile creates worktops along two edges of the space, while square windows hinge open at either end and double up as entrances.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Studio Liu Lubin used a fibre-reinforced foam composite for the structure of the modules, making them light enough to lift. This allows residents to rotate the rooms if they need to swap simple shelves for a desk or sink.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

The three modules of this house contain a bedroom, a bathroom and a small office. Lubin explains that more could be grouped together to make larger dwellings, or even neighbourhoods.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

The modules are designed to fit neatly into shipping containers and can transported to different locations. Their minute size also allows them to bypass current restrictions governing private homes in China.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Lubin developed the concept as part of a research project at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Other small modular homes featured on Dezeen include a one-person cabin by Renzo Piano and a tiny floating house. See more micro homes.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Here's a project description from Liu Lubin:


Micro House in Tsinghua

The Micro House is based on the minimum space people need for basic indoor movement, such as sitting, laying and standing. The form of the Micro House is designed to act as a combination of furniture and architecture elements.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin
Different uses for the modules

When being rotated, the unit of the Micro House will shift its space which contains all kinds of housing activities, such as resting, working, washing and cooking, etc.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin
Modules stacked up to form a community - click for larger image

The Micro House units can not only be used as single-function rooms, but also can be grouped together as a housing suite, or even residential cluster.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin
Plan of a single module - click for larger image

The main material of the Micro House is the fibre-reinforced foam composite structure, which is light but strong. In this case, the Micro House unit can be easily lift and assembled by hand. For the convenience of transportation and replacement, the size of the unit is designed as the size of containers.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin
Section of a single module - click for larger image

The Micro House makes it possible for people to have private housing product under current Chinese land policy.

Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin
A village built up from hundreds of modules

Project: Micro House in Tsinghua
Location: Beijing
Designer: Studio Liu Lubin
Project Team: Liu Lubin, Wang Lin, Weng Jia, Wang Xiaofeng, Wan Li, Liang YIfan, Zhao Ye
Constructor: Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.LTD, Nanjing University Of Technology Advanced Engineering Composites Research Centre
Structure Type: fibre-reinforced foam composite structure

  • Pierre

    How do you flip it once there's more on top?

  • miss-sundress

    Very interesting. I like the diagrams too.

  • http://www.marcelmoonen.com Marcel

    Looks cool, but not more than one ; )

  • Fed

    I find it looks very good and the design is very clever. The only thing that put me off a bit is the visual showing several units clustered together. While I do think that a village could work, I don't like the way that it is built in the visual. This would look very beautiful in an area full of green, maybe with a pond.

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    A Space Invader landed! GAME OVER.

  • Sara

    Moshe Safdie meets plastic.

  • smx

    I'm a little confused about getting in. Are you supposed to climb in through the rather high window?