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Mini House by Jonas Wagell

Swedish designer Jonas Wagell presented Mini House, a 15 square metre house that can be built in a weekend, at 100% Design in London earlier this month.


Wagell showed a full-size prototype of the house, which responds to a new law in Sweden allowing people to build homes of up to 15 square metres without requiring permission.


Mini House is made and sold by house is produced and sold by Nordic Marine Living AB. Here's some info from Wagell:


Since January 1st 2008 Swedish property owners are allowed to build a 15 sqm house on their land without a building permit.


The Mini house project arose from this and has, by taking advantage of the building regulations, grown to twice the allowed size, still with no permits needed!


Mini house is a “friggebod” concept which brings some fun and excitement to a dull  and conservative market. The concept means prefabrication, flat-pack delivery and weekend-long build-up!  Building a house should be fun and easy. Kind of like putting together an Ikea cabinet!



Mini House is a modern, functional and esthetical Swedish friggebod-shed of 15 sqm, suited for both summer and winter living.  In addition to the small house the concept provides an outdoor terrace with pergola,  all within the framework of the permit-free Swedish regulations.


Mini house is constructed to be easy to build. By prefabricating the walls as sandwich elements of plywood and styrofoam, a light-weight, sturdy and insulated construction is enabled.


Also, critical details such as windows and electrical feeds can be prepared. The house is delivered flat-pack. Furthermore, Mini House can be customized with add-ons like kitchen- and bath module, heater-kit with chimney or a solar power unit to provide the house with electricity.


When designing the Mini house concept Jonas Wagell put a lot of emphasis on creating a house that is not built as traditional timber houses, since that would create a sort of error in scale. Friggebod-sheds often appear shrinked, like miniature houses, drained in details and odd proportions, since they are constructed with the same components as large houses.



Size house module: 15 sqm
Size outdoor room: 15 sqm
Construction: sandwich panels
No. of modules: 8 pcs per house module
Build-up time: 1-2 days/2 pers
Preparations: foundation e.g. concrete slabs


House incl outdoor room: 12,200 EUR
Kitchen- & bath module: 3,200 EUR
Heater-kit: 900 EUR
Solar power module 12V: 1.400 EUR
Trimless roof window: on request!
Freight: on request!
Building assistance: on request!

All prices exclude V.A.T.

Mini house started as a Master thesis at Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and  Design in 2007 by Swedish architect and designer Jonas Wagell. Today, Wagell work with a multi-disciplined focus on design and architecture.

Recently Jonas Wagell was selected into Wallpaper* Magazine’s ARCHITECTS DIRECTORY 2008 “50 of the world’s hottest young architects”. Full article in Wallpaper August issue 2008 and on the web,

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