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538 Sq. Ft. Modern Tiny Cabin

This is a 538 sq. ft. modern tiny cabin in Sangolqui, Ecuador designed by Luis Roldan Velasco and Ángel Hevia Antuña architects.

This prototype was built by Juan Carlos Guerra and photographed by Gori Salvà. From the outside, you’ll notice a living grass roof and a tree that goes through the center of the home.

When you go inside, you’ll find a living area with shelves, full kitchen, dining table, bedroom with built-in bunks and incredible window views, a bathroom, and more!

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538 Sq. Ft. Modern Tiny Cabin

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  • Nanny M November 3, 2015, 2:18 pm

    Wonder what keeps the rain and creatures from coming in around that tree trunk…

    • Sandi B February 4, 2016, 6:37 pm

      Nanny M — I was wondering just that myself — love the feature but would be worried about what might appear up through the floor — furry, slithery or insect. Would need to be sealed off better, would not want to see some big ol’ spider coming in, or poisonous snake. Otherwise — I like the features, especially the bed set up.

      • Eric February 4, 2016, 9:04 pm

        Ha ha, the only poisonous snakes we have are called politicians and used car salesmen.

        • Sandi B February 5, 2016, 5:25 am

          Cabin is in Ecuador — ho ho

  • Liz November 3, 2015, 2:41 pm

    What I want to know is what happens when that tree gets bigger? Does it ruin the roof due to the expanding tree?

  • Mike November 3, 2015, 3:03 pm

    This little home is a curious piece of work. At first I’m sure that it doesn’t make sense. Then I realize that you really need to be in a different mindset to get this place. This is the kind of place that you can’t bring alot with you. And by alot, I mean alot of assumptions and alot of worldly baggage. This place says that you need to forget about all that to be here, and in order to get comfortable here you have to change your thinking. Interesting..

  • Jean November 4, 2015, 1:24 am

    I always worry about houses with flat roofs, but then again it does look like there is an angle to it in some of the pictures. Did they really need to keep the tree? What would be your advise? Do you mow your roof or just let it grow? An odd combination of getting back to nature.
    It really is beautiful with the windows and inner wood walls, and all has a purpose, but no tree or grass for me.

  • Kristina H Nadreau November 4, 2015, 2:29 pm

    excellent design. all of the commentators need to keep in mind that this is not in the USA . It is in So America where most everything is different than in the USA.

  • Kristi November 5, 2015, 12:01 am

    I always enjoy seeing houses from different countries. I lived in Germany some time ago and loved all the different houses and the way families lived in other countries. This house is beautiful and peaceful really like it a lot.

  • Deadrock November 21, 2015, 3:53 am

    Good Lord, but I love this design! How did I miss it the first time around? Minimal tweaking and my dream home is born! Modern, uncluttered, no unnecessary interior walls, room for a bedroom and an office, decent storage in all the areas needed…superb. I even love the tree, but probably won’t get one this good.

    Bed will be high up, where we see the gentleman lounging, and the stairs leading up to it will be in the middle, each step a drawer. Below the bed, on either side of the drawer/steps, two closets. Or the steps could be to one side, with a single uninterrupted closet…either way. Add a fireplace or wood stove, something to put a flat screen TV on…paradise awaits. I think I need a defibrillator…

  • Kevin W February 4, 2016, 3:43 pm

    My first post: Mike you hit it dead center great comment. Different strokes for different folks, but this is a wonderful example of what one can dream of.

  • Joan February 4, 2016, 4:34 pm

    Very interesting. But the tree through the middle of the house bothers me, not only from a moisture/rain situation but bugs and other critters gaining entry. Interesting concept of different living spaces.

    But I must comment on the term modern modifying cabin seems like an oxymoron to me. The two terms don’t go together in my scope of the world and architecture, sorry.

  • Cindy February 4, 2016, 4:55 pm

    Love interior,very calming,everything has its place,and its doable.
    I’ll pass on the tree through the roof..😸

  • Dana Turner February 4, 2016, 6:40 pm

    I would love to obtain plans for this someday. The open feel is very appealing.

  • Joyce Davenport February 5, 2016, 12:41 am

    Lovely especially that corner upper window bed. I had a house with a tree thru the front deck. Mistake. Center of a tree is dead wood perfect for carpenter ants …. huge and hundreds ..who came into the dishwasher for water and food. Infested the entire decks front and back.

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