The Touchstone Nelson Museum of Modern Art put a call out to inspired designers to solve the present housing crisis by creating tiny homes.
Ten Square Shelter design competition had only one rule … maximum floor area of 10 square metres (100 square feet).
With the FlyAway Home, we have attempted to make the function of the interior space so flexible that the 100 square foot footprint essentially houses approximately 400 square feet of house. Consider the fact that a person can only occupy one room at a time … therefore a 100 sqft space can easily accommodate one room’s worth of function. Now, rather than changing rooms, simple change the function of the room by transforming the elements of the space.
The Flyaway Home does this by utilizing the the “Fly Away” space above the floor level. The room elements are pulled down from the rafter space with the aid of smooth gliding rails, counter weights and flexible service connections. Then when the function is complete, the element is simply pushed back up into the “Fly Away” space.
Other elements of this design are the use of an up-cycled, end-of-life shipping container as the shelter’s structural floor and walls, as well as the exterior deck. The roof collects rainwater into a 700L cistern (located in the “Fly Away” space) and distributes it to the shower and kitchen functions. A composting toilet with exhaust system eliminates the need for a septic field. Bicycles, camping gear and even a small kayak could be hoisted up into the temporary storage area in the “Fly Away” space.
This sustainably built, innovative concept is easily deployed in Urban or Rural areas (both short and long term) because the strength of the container structure eliminates the need for disruptive foundation work.