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The aVOID Tiny House: Leonardo Di Chiara’s ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Tiny House

This is the Avoid Tiny House. It’s Leonardo Di Chiara’s tiny house design that people like to call the ‘Swiss army knife’ of tiny house designs.

They call it that because all of the furniture and rooms in the house are built-in and fold-out, as you’ll see below. According to Leonardo, he collaborated with over 150 different people to complete the design! Enjoy!

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The aVOID Tiny House by Leonardo Di Chiara… A Beautiful Transforming Tiny House on Wheels

test-living experience by Cinzia Colazzo and her 2 months old baby Nicolo, she is writing a story about it

Test-living experience by Cinzia Colazzo and her 2 month old baby…

aVOID Travel from Pesaro to Berlin

© aVOID / Leonardo Di Chiara

aVOID transformable furniture COPYRIGHT Anna Fontanet Castillo

© Anna Fontanet Castillo


© Stefan Dauth

aVOID shutter COPYRIGHT Anna Fontanet Castillo

© Anna Fontanet Castillo


© Anna Fontanet Castillo

aVOID co-working set up with food-blogger Yvonne Keie

Co-working with food-blogger Yvonne Keie

aVOID Kitchen 2

© aVOID / Leonardo Di Chiara

aVOID Kitchen 3

© aVOID / Leonardo Di Chiara

aVOID Kitchen

© aVOID / Leonardo Di Chiara

Leo + aVOID

© aVOID / Leonardo Di Chiara

aVOID at AEDES Berlin 2

© Leonardo Di Chiara

aVOID at AEDES Berlin

© Leonardo Di Chiara


© Giacomo Terracciano

How It Works (VIDEO)

Video Tour And Interview: Leonardo Di Chiara’s Swiss Army Knife Tiny House Design

Learn more

Leonardo Di Chiara | Buy your own aVOID THOW | Instagram | YouTube/Kirsten Dirksen

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  • D. Pedersen
    October 3, 2019, 3:43 am

    It would drive me nuts, if I had to transform the interior all the time, for whatever I was doing. And it looks too sterile. Looks like a hospital trailer. Would have opted for some more light colors, on the cabinet doors, to make the space look less sterile and more vibrant.

  • PMorrisHTX
    October 3, 2019, 10:38 am

    I’m sure that it could be built to a variety of sizes or dimensions but knowing how large the depicted house is would be useful to readers. And I know that we all have differing needs and tastes however I can’t help but think that the name of the house or plan, aVoid, seems very appropriate.

    • James D.
      October 6, 2019, 4:01 pm

      All technical specs are listed on his website…

      living area | 9 sqm
      rooftop area | 4 sqm
      ext dimensions | 671 cm x 253 cm x 400 cm
      int dimensions | 481 cm x 198 cm x 315 cm
      tot. weight | 3000 kg
      max speed | 80 km/h
      trailer | aluminium two axis (AL-KO components)
      structure | wood / aluminum
      insulation | wood fiber / XPS (10 cm)
      ext covering | stainless steel / aluminum / wood paneling
      furniture | okumè plywood, bio coating by ICA
      systems | electric (220 V) with photovoltaic (1 kW), water, mechanical ventilation, heating (electric / gas / diesel)
      appliances | gas/induction stove, kitchen hood, LED lights, fridge, audio speakers, webasto diesel heater, electric pump

    October 3, 2019, 5:22 pm

    This is architecture, unlike most of the “same old same old” THOW’s that are built and presented on this site. This young designer is going places (literally! and figuratively) and is following in the line of thought and ingenuity of some great Italian industrial and architectural designers from the 60’s and 70’s like Columbo and others that I used to read about in European magazines during my days at Va Tech in the mid ’70’s.

    Yes, all of that folding and stowing of one function to get at another can be a bit of a pain but it’s ingenious and a great solution for a “small” space. Form follows function and this is one cool functioning solution to tiny living. -B Boltz

  • george wu
    October 3, 2019, 5:55 pm

    Excellent !

  • Michael
    October 4, 2019, 4:46 am

    Fabulous!!! Thanks Michael

  • ATBScott
    October 4, 2019, 12:00 pm

    I have mixed felings on this – I agree with the comments that it would be a pain in the a$$ to have to constantly be folding, opening or re-arranging depending on your need, but at the same time, for a travel situation or temporary work/live scenario, it allows for a small place with some extra function. While the designer’s ‘sterile’ look doesn’t appeal to me, it’s his place. Paint is easy, and wood finishes might work better for others. Some of these ideas could be used in a different or larger tiny or small home. While this unit wouldn’t be for me, I appreciate that he’s trying something and hope it works for him.

  • mandy smith
    October 4, 2019, 12:13 pm

    I’ve seen alot of tiny homes, but no offence, I’d feel claustrophobic in this one, it’s like living in a prison cell, drab & cold looking, I’d like warm colours, comfortable seating, the basic idea is okay as you can take particular parts of it… But nope, I couldn’t settle in tiny house.

  • Melissa Robinson
    October 4, 2019, 1:13 pm

    I can definitely see this taking off as a solution to travel needs (business men/women who need to travel several weeks at a time for their job) or for people on vacation (singles, couples, couples with a small child). I cannot see this as a full-time tiny house solution for anyone nor could I see this as a practical solution for families to use on vacation. It’s a neat concept- I actually wouldn’t mind the constant unfolding of this or folding of that for a few weeks at a time but it would get to me if I had to do it daily long-term!

    • James D.
      October 6, 2019, 5:50 pm

      It’s something to realize that 30-40 million people in the world are nomadic and live in conditions that change is regular, if not constant. Many more are not nomadic but still live in small apartments and other small dwellings that often have to use transforming furniture to make them work for even entire families.

      I, personally, grew up in such small apartments where every day I had to transform things like the bed and dining table and it never really bothered me because that was what I was used to growing up…

      So sure, not be for the masses, but you’d be surprised what people can adapt or even get used to… In the history of the world people have had to deal with far worse and still somehow made it work.

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