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This Tiny Home’s Furniture Folds Into a Wall to Save Space

Designed by Trias, the 215-square-foot Minima prefab packs the versatility of a Swiss army knife.

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Casey Bryant, Jonathon Donnelly, and Jennifer McMaster of the Sydney architecture firm Trias recently unveiled a 215-square-foot prefab that’s packed with space-saving solutions. Built-in cabinetry, shelves, and drawers wrap the interior, and the home’s bed and dining table fold into the living room wall to free up floor space when they’re not in use.

Trias’s timber-clad Minima tiny home features a massive sliding door on its front facade.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

The exterior of the dwelling, named Minima, is sheathed in dark-stained cross-laminated timber (CLT), and sections of the facade slide away to open the living area to the outside world. The sections can also be closed for privacy, giving the rectangular home a streamlined, uniform profile.

"Minima is part of our vision to democratize architecturally significant homes," Bryant says. "It’s a simple, elegant, and functional design that can find a home in an infinite number of gardens, backyards and rural properties."

Minima’s open-plan interior features built-in furniture, including a dining table/desk, that folds down from the living room wall and can be stowed when not in use.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

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The built-in wood bed folds down from the living room wall at night. During the day, it can fold back into the wall to free up floor space for the interior of the tiny home.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

Trias designed several versions of Minima to suit different needs. In addition to a single-bedroom unit, there’s also a double-module version with a T-shaped floor plan that can accommodate two bedrooms, living and dining areas, a kitchen, and a bathroom. "The wet areas, including the kitchen, are clustered to one side, with the bathroom tucked behind the kitchen wall," Bryant explains.

The kitchen is outfitted with pale wood cabinetry that blends into the walls for a warm and minimalist aesthetic. The bathroom is situated behind the kitchen.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

When it came time to select a builder for Minima, the architects called upon Somersby-based Fabprefab. "Sustainable design and fabrication are fundamental to Fabprefab’s mission and to the design of Minima," Bryant says. "It’s a well-known fact that the construction sector is a major contributor to carbon emissions worldwide. Minima proposes a more sustainable mode of living within its small-footprint design."

The living area is arranged with a built-in sofa/bench. Upper shelving wraps around the interior and offers storage and display space.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

To ensure that Minima would be as sustainable as possible, the design team specified low–VOC paints and stains, and a CLT facade. "The technique of cross laminating the panels gives each component greater structural strength and integrity, and allows manufacturers to rely on fast-growth timbers, which help with carbon capture and sequestration," Bryant says.

The built-in sofa/bench provides seating on one side of the table that folds down from the living room wall.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

The Murphy bed turns the living room into a bedroom in a snap.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

The material also makes up the home’s walls, floor, and roof panels. "The natural timber finish that lines each Minima creates a warm, welcoming, and healthy environment for a range of uses," says Bryant. "Cross-laminated timber is also ideal for prefabrication, and the overall benefits include substantially shorter construction times, less work on a building’s foundations, and far less waste."

A tabletop at one end of the built-in sofa/bench offers a place to sit and work or write.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

A skylight in the bathroom allows sunlight to wash over the stone tile walls and flooring.

Photo: Clinton Weaver

Durability was also a key consideration for the design team. "It’s built for long-term joy and enrichment versus short-term disposability," Bryant says. "It’s low-impact living that doesn’t compromise quality."

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Trias /

Construction: Fabprefab / @fab.prefab

Project Managing Director: Ed Callanan

Structural Engineer: SDA Structures

Timber: XLAM


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