Tight quarters aren’t what you expect from the architect who dubbed his studio BIG (for Bjarke Ingels Group). As Ingels and his friend Søren Rose, the interior designer, tell it, the two Danes about New York were road-tripping in the Catskills when they struck up a conversation about the need among urbanites for country escapes that are both basic and beautiful. Rose, who in addition to running his own design studio is a serial entrepreneur, was so taken with the idea that he launched his latest company, Klein, with a goal to “reinvent the tiny house.”
The plan? To enlist the world’s leading architects and sustainability experts to create thoughtfully designed, self-powered houses with small footprints. Naturally, Rose enlisted Ingels and his team to come up with the first: an A-frame with twist known as the A45, composed of parts that flat pack, so that it can be delivered anywhere in the world. It’s also completely solar powered. The prototype was just unveiled in a patch of woods in upstate New York. Come see.
“The structure is slightly elevated on four concrete piers that give optimal support and allow homeowners to place their tiny house in even the most remote areas,” notes Rose
An all-star cast of Scandinavian workshops pitched in on the project. Carl Hansen, for instance, supplied many of the furnishings, such as the Wishbone chairsWishbone chairs. Each element, from the frame to the Douglas fir flooring (by Dinesen), is available à la carte, so owners can customize the dwellings as wished.
We were not able to get pricing information, but suffice it to say this is a high-minded rather than budget-oriented proposition. Go to Klein to make inquiries.
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