Houzz Tour: Germany's 205-Square-Foot Prefab, Sustainable Home
How experimentation turned into a business concept for small, prefabricated, self-sufficient houses
His Futteralhäuser (“case houses”) offer people the possibility of flexible, moveable and sustainable living: After building his first prototype, Kurennoy asked architect Nataliya Sukhova to design a minimalist house that could be mass-produced. She was able to reach a creative balance between comfort and minimalism by using a small number of materials to create continuity throughout the house, designing ingenious built-in furniture and sticking to a simple floor plan.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Maximum four people
Location: Anywhere, in both urban and rural locales
Size: An about 205-square-foot (19-square-meter) living space with an about 270-square-foot (25-square-metre) building footprint and an about 194-square-foot (18-square-metre) terrace
Budget: Basic version with a bathroom: about US$52,300 (49,500 euros); optional extras: kitchen, about US$3,800 (3,600 euros); furniture, about US$4,400 (4,200 euros); and floor heating, about US$2,300 (2,200 euros)
Architect: Nataliya Sukhova of Transstruktura, Berlin
Concept: Maxim Kurennoy of Futteralhaus
“The model with a floor space of twenty-five square metres is the largest that can be built without a building permit in certain countries such as Sweden,” Sukhova says. However, it is possible to expand this design to as much as 1076 square feet (100 square meters). “The prototype is painted with black paint manufactured by the Latvian Painteco. It is made of boiled linseed oil, mineral pigments and binders. It’s a strong, distinctive colour.”
Sukhova’s professional focus is on, among other things, recycling and the minimalist design of interior spaces. This was one of the reasons why Kurennoy, an architect himself, assigned her the task of implementing his idea of a simple but comfortable wooden house.
The house is a box with two compartments, separated by a bathroom unit. A vast glass facade makes the interior appear larger.
Right next to the entrance is a closet. Its doors are not full-length, but only cover the middle section, where jackets and coats usually hang. The top and bottom shelves are completely open.
The third bed is, as already mentioned, on the bench in the dining area.
Support for furniture design and kitchen planning: architect Luigi Scapin
Production manager: Anete Leskevica, Futteralhaus
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