Low-Carbon 27-Square-Meter Cube Home Is The Future

Although it could fit into my current apartment about four times over, this very small, very green box home actually seems pretty livable. The Cube, a prototype of which was unveiled last month at the Edinburgh Science Festival, is three meters on all sides and has a head height of two meters, creator Dr. Mike Page explains in this video.

Basically, it’s very, very small, with all furniture and appliances designed and selected for a “comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment.” The house generates as much energy as it uses, composts or processes all waste, and emits low levels of carbon. Perfect! And since the space is set up with an Ikea-like efficiency, the Cube is, unlike this claustrophobia-inducing Manhattan apartment, actually kind of charming. TC mark

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  • http://twitter.com/SteveAGrimes Steve Grimes

    Soon, what will happen is that they will ask for one to be built comfortably for two people … then one comfortably for a family … then a family and a couple of pets … and before it you know it, we are back to square one…

  • http://www.smashcakemagazine.com Tracy Lucas

    Steve Grimes stole my comment. Exactly what I was thinking.

    I could happily live in one of these, but where to keep the kids?

  • http://twitter.com/thomasbaart Thomas Baart

    I wonder if these home's make for (cheap?) student housing. It'd be really awesome to have a whole neighborhood consisting of these, somewhat close to city centres!

  • Dan

    Eh, I don't care much about the eco-friendliness of it, I just like how it all looks very Ikea-esque. I'd gladly live in a house like that, except I think I'd lower the TV just a bit, I don't want to have to look up to watch TV.

  • http://twitter.com/dianasof Diana Z.

    As a very clumsy person, that staircase might present a bit of a problem. But I still love the box idea. I would love to live either in one of these or in a Tumbleweed House.

    • Meagan Kristy

      i love tumbleweed houses!! glad someone mentioned them too!

  • john

    27 cubic meters… 9 square meter floor plan.

  • http://www.web.me.com/kaz91 karolinez

    This is so cool! Great idea for a 1st apartment once I'm out of school? I think yes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jinstellakwon Jin Kwon

    obviously the people living here wont be having crazy sex on that bed.

    • Ottandcold

      Or the sex will just be…REALLY crazy.

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