Tikku is a single parking space sized micro-apartment. The Finnish architect, Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory, claims it can be built in just one night.
In just three-floors the structure, which was produced for Helsinki’s 2017 Design Week, it produces its own solar energy and avoids the need for a water connection with dry toilets.
CLT and Sand
Tikku means “stick” in Finnish, referencing the building’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure, which is ballasted by a sand-box.
No Insulation Claim
This inaugural project has a 100mm thick CLT exterior wall, but it is claimed that 200mm thick walls for the production version would be sufficient for cold winters without the need for insulation.
The first 1:1 scale Tikku prototype contained separate floors for sleeping, working and a green-house on top, with the functions and combinations of the modules able to include an office, shop, kitchen, sauna or workshop.
Waterless – but City dependant
The team behind the project notes that it does not contain fresh water or plumbing, but say that “it will offer privacy, safety and comfort. All the rest of the functions can be found in the surrounding city”.
They added: “Many Tikku’s can grow side-by-side like mushrooms and they can fuse into larger organisms.”
Emergency Homeless Solution
While ‘Tikku’ might provide (near) overnight housing for the homeless, what is needed is a new approach to what is becoming an international housing crisis. A fresh look not just at how to provide emergency shelter, but at the same time to consider how longer-term needs should and can be met. First addressed following our supply of units to the Red Cross in the mid ‘00’s as our DiRReP web site and paper on this emphasises, we must avoid turning today’s desperate need into tomorrow’s on-going despair.
Custom & Bespoke Homes - Working with Architects & Developers
One possible extension for our Containerised DiRReP units is to remove the simple roof and add joists for another one or two floors. We’ve been doing this for our ‘regular’ house design for several years now, ‘optimising’ the roof space for self-builder client’s by using factory cut rafter roofs rather than metal plated web trusses.
Empty Shells for “CUSTOM Self-Builds”
Our ‘Benfield Homes UK’ division is now working with architects & developers to take over the burden of dealing with the latest government planning requirement for ‘Custom Self-Build’ homes on every development. Observing agreed Design Codes and Plot Passports for planning permissions, our in-house architects and designers use advanced timber frame technology to provide ‘empty’ shells for ‘Custom Self-Builders’ to plan and fit out interiors to suit their own ideas. Four stages of completion are offered, from bare shell, with elevations completed, through to ‘turnkey’ delivery.
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While it is often misunderstood, the earlier we can become engaged with a project, the better the result. From early design, through technical development of the structure and manufacturing to transport and erection, our timber based pre-fabrications minimise the need for special equipment and make delivering the affordable high quality buildings that architects and their clients want – especially on difficult to access sites.