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'Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings'

September 18, 2011 |  8:00 am

Nano House"Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings" by Phyllis Richardson, scheduled to be released Oct. 17 by Thames & Hudson, features more than 40 living spaces, each less than 800 square feet, from around the world. The focus is efficient use of a tiny area. The book covers traditional houses, mobile spaces, small vacation spots, concepts built for replication and low-energy houses, including Solar Decathlon entries from 2009 and 2010. The styles range from eccentric to elegant — all built with function in mind.

When fashion designer Lela Rose's apartment started popping up seemingly everywhere around the Web, versatility was the most admired aspect of the 6,000-square-foot space. But this book shows off similarly versatile living in about one-tenth of the square footage — flexible designs that can adapt to people's needs even when space is tough to come by.

Solar House I Paco 3M3 Roll It


Photos:'Nano House: Innovations for Small Dwellings'



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Photo, top: Thames & Hudson.

Photos, bottom, from left: Pod Home in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Brad Feinknopf. Paco 3M3 in Tokyo. Credit: Takumi Ota. Roll-It in Karlsruhe, Germany. Credit: Sebastian Salopiata.