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A Tiny Glass House For Your Yard

by Shilpi Paul

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While tiny houses may be popping up in urban alleys, a similar product could soon be coming to suburban backyards and country fields: The Bunkie.

Part cabin, part micro-unit, and part greenhouse, the Bunkie was created by industrial design firm 608 Design and architectural design firm BLGD Workshop. The Bunkie appears to be a four-walled, one-room structure, with a fireplace, peaked roof, and an open space that can be transformed into a dining room, living room, bedroom and play area with a few furniture changes. Murphy beds and other built-in furniture helps maximize the floorspace.

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What distinguishes this prefab structure from other tiny houses are that two walls are made entirely of glass, which means that you can look completely through the house. The website features the Bunkie plopped into pastoral, idyllic scenes, with the grassy, natural scenes visible from either side. Just don’t expect to live in the Bunkie full time. It doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom, so it is more like a treehouse or a yurt: a temporary retreat in close proximity to a permanent home, or an escape for those ready to “rough it” in the wild.

The glass walls also leads to a complete lack of privacy, which is why these homes are marketed towards those looking for a rural getaway. Living in a glass house in the middle of the city may lead to a violation of public decency standards.

The creators hope to launch the product next year.

See other articles related to: tiny homes, the bunkie, micro units

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a_tiny_glass_house_for_your_yard/6796

1 Comment

  1. Bonny said at 3:33 pm on Tuesday March 19, 2013:

    That valley where the roof angle and chimney vertical meet seems like a magnet for decay, and a poor design. While it gives the structure profile a pleasing familiarity, from a practicality stand-point I think they would have been better off marrying the chimney and roof lines to avoid a valley altogether.

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