Meet Cube, a tiny house (100 square feet). Its designer, Dr. Mike Page, an engineer and Reader in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire‘s School of Psychology, thinks the concepts embodied in the little building could help change architecture and the way we live. At the link (it leads you to the Huffington Post), you can take a tour of the tiny house and see its space-saving features: Ingenious storage options; unconventional stairs that look like building blocks, which take up less space than standard stairs or a ladder; and a table that can move horizontally within grooves on the wall, to allow for various uses. All this…and a washer too. Page says the house is designed for one person, though two people could live there, if they like each other a lot. Solar panels on the roof provide the power needed for all the appliances. Even in relatively cloudy Britain, the house would pay its inhabitants to live there in the summer, as it would produce more power than it needs. The excess would be sold to the national grid, netting the owner about £1,000 (about $1,641).
There space-saving and energy-conservation ideas here that can be applied to student residences…or homes in general; what do you think? What sort of clever space-saving solutions have you seen your students use?