Torsten Ottesjö designed his Hus.Ett tiny house to mimic nature. The architect had Sweden’s favorite fish, the herring, in mind when forming the structure’s silky smooth curves.
This house, inspired by a herring’s shape, also looks like a leaf.
With barely a cubic meter of space, this home is challenging the lower boundaries of how much space a human can comfortably reside in. The construction is nearly all wood, with a large, divided window that provides lots of natural light.
The structure features an exposed, bent wood frame.
The exterior shake siding makes it low maintenance and aids in blending it into the surrounding countryside. While the space is undeniably small, the height, curvature and large open end work to create the illusion of a large, airy cathedral.
Hus Ett’s materials were sourced onsite to reduce environmental impact.
Design elements are simple and rustic, with white painted walls and ceiling, and unfinished wood surfaces for floors and furniture pieces. The house also sits on a rise, and features stepped platforms inside.
The beautiful light through the glass paneled end of the house.
Builders used on-site pine, spruce and aspen to reduce cost and environmental damage from transporting materials to the site. Everything has been done to keep the environmental impact as low as possible, including all built-in furnishings to minimize the need to bring in other resources to make the home livable.
Corners and curves merge to create a sense of motion.
The long, horizontal lines of the wall slats also call to mind nautical themes, giving the structure even more of a sense of movement. With all of the hard surfaces, it may not be the coziest tiny house we’ve reviewed, but it is certainly beautiful. The surrounding landscape is welcomed into the house by the two glass paneled ends, adding to its beauty.
The heavy shingle siding is long lasting and blends with nature.
One feature that really catches the eye is the non-traditional, board-end flooring that strives to make use of every scrap created during the construction.