Mi­cro­house a good fit for ur­ban life

The Tikku has three floors but no kitchen or run­ning water

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - HOMES -

With ur­ban pop­u­la­tions grow­ing and hous­ing prices ris­ing ex­po­nen­tially, mi­cro houses ap­pear to be one op­tion to help get more peo­ple into their own liv­ing space.

One such de­sign, the Tikku, takes up just 8.2 by 16.4 feet (2.5 by five me­tres) of space, ap­prox­i­mately the size of a stan­dard ve­hi­cle park­ing spot.

A house this com­pact makes it pos­si­ble for it to be con­structed just about any­where a tra­di­tional house might not fit — or per­haps might not be de­sired.

Tikku (Finnish for Stick) is the cre­ation of ar­chi­tect Marco Casagrande, who de­buted it for the re­cent Helsinki De­sign Week 2017. As tech­nol­ogy site New At­las dis­cov­ered, Tikku of­fers 37.5 square me­tres (403 square feet) of to­tal floor space, split over three floors — ideal for cou­ples or sin­gles start­ing out with their first home. The first floor can be used as a work area, the sec­ond floor for a bed­room, and the top floor per­fect for a small green­house/liv­ing space.

The unit also in­cludes a dry toi­let and elec­tric­ity courtesy of so­lar power. Oddly, Tikkus don’t come with kitchens or run­ning water. Casagrande feels that, be­cause of its lo­ca­tion in a city set­ting, oc­cu­pants should be able to have easy ac­cess to water, food and what­ever else they need, else­where.

Tikkus are as­sem­bled out of cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber spa­tial mod­ules and can be con­structed on site overnight.

The ar­chi­tect is al­ready sell­ing units. Its ba­sic model starts at 35,000 euros ($53,000), which doesn’t in­clude trans­porta­tion costs (nor land to build Tikkus on).

NIKITA WU/TIKKU

Ar­chi­tect Marco Casagrande has un­veiled the Tikku, a so­lar-pow­ered mi­cro­house that can fit into a park­ing space.

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