Houses where every structural slant doubles as a ramp, steps are sliding drawers and book shelves become ladders.
Nora House by Atelier Bow-Wow & VH R-10 gHouse by Darren Petrucci, AIA
Small Houses remind me of building small retreats in corners of my back yard, escaping into the nearby creek while visiting my grandparents in Ohio and playing house around concrete basin that had fallen into the earth. A house is about owning shelter for yourself, acting in self-reliance toward the way you care for your life. You may bake, or garden, or sew by the window, but a house is for bathing, eating, and sleeping.
Jane F. Kolleeny, writing for Architectural Record’s Record Houses in 2008, acknowledges Thoreau’s philosophy of self-reliance and simplicity, which lead me to search for his thoughts, a few of which are below: