Swedish firm creates “nesting boxes for people”

Swedish firm Manofactory has created the human equivalent of nesting boxes: small wooden structures fitted with an integrated steel frame that allow them to be hung from vertical surfaces such as cliff faces.

The design, which was inspired by birdhouses, offers simple accommodation for one or two people with no fear of heights.

The house has three storeys and a living space of less than 50 sq m. There is a small entrance with storage, a WC with shower, a kitchen with dining area, a living room and two bedrooms with an adjacent work room. The floors are accessible by a spiral staircase.

The concept was developed by Moderna Trähus and the architects Elisabetta Gabrielli and Pontus Öhman, who are co-founders of Manofactory.

Manofactory comments that in many big cities, buildable land and available housing is in short supply, and one response is to "learn from the animals" and build houses above the "rare and expensive ground".

The company adds: "In northern Scandinavia, and other mountainous parts of the world, there are plenty of cliff walls. Cliff walls would function exceptional well for mounting and attaching small houses if equipped with a load-bearing structure, integrated in the frame."

Read more about the product here.

Images courtesy of Manofactory

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  1. Once again the Swedish architects have designed an incredible home that can be used without a piece of land. Bravo to the designers! We have tiny homes in the US but they still need land. Just looking at your design, I’d say that yours is much more amenable to people. Can they be moved to another place fairly easily? Do the people own it themselves? Or do they rent it? Thank you for sharing your most creative ideas. Sincerely, Carol Milburn

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