Cliff edges might not be an obvious choice of prime real estate, but these tiny homes inspired by nesting boxes for birds demonstrate that this kind of dwelling could be a viable option as the property market skyrockets and affordable housing becomes increasingly unattainable.
The Nestinbox is sophisticated and stylish despite its compact 50 square-metre size. The homes are designed for one or two people to share, with living accommodation spread over three floors. The main living space comes with a kitchen and dining zone, plus there’s a spacious bedroom with a small office room that can be used as a home study, studio or kid’s bedroom.
The spiral staircase – a nice design feature while also space saving – leads to the light-filled upper floors. Cleverly, two of the four sides of the structure don’t have windows so that additional modules can be added either side at a later stage as a family grows.
Architects Michel Silverstorm, Elisabetta Gabrielli, and Pontus Öhman have designed the Nestinbox to be mounted into the cliff’s wall to ensure it’s totally secure, with a sloping roof to clear off any rainwater or snow, plus a footbridge that runs between the rear of the dwellings and the cliff face, to allow people to enter the properties safely.
A palette of neutral materials has been used, following the bird-box concept, with a mix of dark and light wood being used for the exterior cladding. Timber has also been used on the interior, adding warmth to the space, plus the interiors have a minimalist and spacious feel, due to clever space-saving design.
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