Between the backyard work studios, the chic dog houses, and the world's thinnest abode, it's pretty clear that architects relish cramming a lot of design into a small space. The HUS-1, this vaguely tubular, 270-square-foot dwelling by Swedish architect Torsten Ottesjö, provides yet another example of a microhome that's got loads of design chutzpah. Supposedly, "visiting friends always have room" in this two-person space, which includes a kitchen, dining table, and hallway. Ottesjö is obviously enamored with his creation, describing (in oft rambling, cerebral detail) how the swoopy features—"block-shaped" buildings are "not a suitable environment for humans," don't you know—effectively "adapt the house to Nature's infinite variety of form." That's all very intellectual and all, but let's call it like it is: the hut is intriguing because it looks like a bleak fairytale cottage, what with its dislocated appearance, spruce shingles, leaf-like window, and general shapeliness. Check out more images—including one of the curvy interior—below.
· A 21st Century Log Cabin: Torsten Ottesjö's Hus-1 Eco Lodge in Sweden [Architizer]
· Six Garden Sanctuaries For the Modern-Day Thoreau [Curbed National]
· This Le Corbusier-Inspired House is Fit for a Modern Pooch [Curbed National]
· Come Take a Tour of the Thinnest House on the Planet [Curbed National]
· HUS-1 [Torsten Ottesjö's website]