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Cabin One: a minimal house for maximum flexibility

Owning a home usually means being tied to one place and paying off a staggering loan. In an increasingly unstable and fast-paced world, that prospect has become less and less desirable for many people in recent years.

Recognising the need for more sustainable housing options, German architects Simon Becker and Andreas Rauch came up with the idea of Cabin One: a wooden micro home that can easily be modified (or even relocated) to accommodate your current lifestyle.

Cabon One from the outside
black tiny house

Redefining the way we live

Main residence, cabin retreat, home office: the Cabin One Minimal House is anything you want it to be. With a permit from local authorities, it can be set up in the city or remote areas in the countryside.

The interior has all the perks of a comfortable home – whatever that may look like for you. Depending on your personal requirements, you can flexibly adapt the modular system. The basic module comprises 25 square metres, with the option of downsizing or adding more room as you please.

small modern kitchen in tiny house

Home is where you are: less space, more freedom

A wooden construction of three-layer panels serves as the framework for Cabin One houses. The facade consists of a greyed spruce cladding, with cellulose insulation. Huge panoramic windows let in plenty of daylight, which makes the interior appear much more spacious than it actually is.

A clever room concept and natural materials create a cosy, inviting atmosphere.

Wood panelling on the walls and oak parquet flooring are complemented by neutral colours and clear structures.

dining and living room with plenty of seating options

A building block for individualised homes

The standard model of Cabin One includes a fully functional bathroom and an elevated sleeping area with lots of storage space beneath.

The kitchenette can be extended by a dish washer or washing machine. For an extra bit of luxury, you might even add an underfloor heating system or spa module.

small bathroom
Gira E2 socket outlet in the bathroom

On the rooftop, you can install a photovoltaic plant that will cover up to 60 percent of your daily energy consumption.

Cabin One minimal houses are also connected to the local infrastructure for a steady supply of water and electricity.

Large window front leading to the terrace
Set table

Small space meets smart tech

If you think that you can’t live comfortably in a tiny home, think again. Cabin One allows you to integrate a variety of smart devices, from Philips Hue lights and Sonos speakers to wireless thermostats from tado°. You can even turn the minimal house into a fully-fledged Gira KNX Smart Home.

The Gira G1 thereby serves as the central control unit. Alongside switches and socket outlets with matching Gira E2 frames, it makes for a stylish design highlight on the wall. While black frame variants create a subtle play of contrasts in the wood-clad living area, the bathroom shines bright with an all-white interior.

entrance area

Gira G1 interface +

Gira G1

Heating, blinds, lighting: control your entire Smart Home with Gira G1. Compatible with KNX and wireless systems.

On the Gira G1 interface, you can control smart functions such as lighting and heating. Source:
Gira E2 design line +

Gira E2

Minimalist design for any interior style: Gira E2 switches stand out with their simple, yet sophisticated aesthetics.

Black accents on the wooden wall: switches and socket outlets from the Gira E2 design line. Source:

Downsizing without compromising: a future-proof concept

Cabin One homes are currently available in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Prices start at around 110,000 for the basic module and may vary depending on the size and furnishings.

The whole construction process takes place at a central production facility. From there, the prefabricated house is delivered to its designated location. It can easily be transported and set up at another place, in case you ever need a change of scenery.

Transportation of y tiny house

Micro living has become more than a lifestyle trend. Innovative concepts such as Cabin One offer an affordable alternative to overpriced rental flats and huge properties.

Thanks to a clever interior design and smart features, you can enjoy all the benefits of a modern home on less than 30 square metres.

Could you imagine living in a tiny house? Would you integrate smart technology as well? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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