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March 31, 2016
A new book by Mimi Zeiger, Tiny Houses in the City, tracks more then 30 homes exemplifying compact living in dense, urban areas across the world—here are some of our favorites.
Elding Oscarson in Landskrona, Sweden, 2009

Designed by Stockholm-based architects Johan Oscarson and Jonas Elding in Landskrona, Sweden, this 1,300-square-foot townhouse, completed in 2009, presents an elegant approach to urban infill. Tucked between two older buildings, the stark, white structure sits in an 800-square-foot lot that measures just 15 feet wide.

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Blackbirds multifamily housing development designed by Bestor Architecture in Echo Park, Los Angeles

In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architect Barbara Bestor designed Blackbirds, a multi-family housing development with 18 detached and semi-detached homes ranging from 1,400 to 1,900 square feet each. Bestor says she approached the project with a strategy towards "stealth density," attuned to the scale and context of the neighborhood. "I have a romantic idea about individuals densifying L.A. as opposed to large developers doing twnety blocks at a time," she says. Spacious interiors open up to expansive views of the hills beyond. 

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Slim House by Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture in London, 2012

Measuring just seven-and-a-half feet wide, this London home designed by architecture collaborative Alma-nac, is aptly named the Slim House. Completed in 2012, the project is a renovation and expansion of an early, 19th-century example of urban infill. The architects kept the facade intact, choosing to instead dramatically modernize it rear-facing side.

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Salva46 micro-housing by Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10

This shared micro-living space designed by Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10 in Barcelona, Spain, houses two units in a single 700-square-foot structure. Each apartment comprises separate sleeping and bathing quarters, with a shared central kitchen and dining area. 

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House in Rokko, Fujiwara-Muro Architects in Kobe, Japan

Skewed geometries and a dramatically pitched roof characterize the House in Rokko, designed by Fujiwara-Muro Architects in Kobe, Japan. Through sharp angles, the design both carves out a driveway and brings sunlight into the long and narrow site measuring just 13 by 50 feet.

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Tiny Houses in the City by Mimi Zeiger, Rizzoli Books, 2016

These are just a few of the gems from Tiny Houses in the City by Mimi Zeiger, now available from Rizzoli Books.

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Elding Oscarson in Landskrona, Sweden, 2009

Designed by Stockholm-based architects Johan Oscarson and Jonas Elding in Landskrona, Sweden, this 1,300-square-foot townhouse, completed in 2009, presents an elegant approach to urban infill. Tucked between two older buildings, the stark, white structure sits in an 800-square-foot lot that measures just 15 feet wide.

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