Bigger isn't always better. In the case of micro living spaces, quite the opposite is true. In celebration of what some designers can do with so little space, here are some of our favourite mini houses from around the world.
This A-Frame in Pearl Basic, Colorado, makes you want to curl up next to a fireplace.
This Amsterdam building might not be the smallest in the world, but it's certainly in the running.
Picture: Micah Sherman
New Orleans' French Quarter is full of cute, colourful, dormouse-sized casas.
The Potomac Cabin is 2.4m x 3.6m with a 1.2m loft, and was created by tiny-house-builder extraordinaire Charles Finn.
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses makes, well duh, tiny houses. At 8.3sqm, Epu is the second-smallest of its houses-to-go line. And it comes at the whopping price of $US16.
Picture: Tumbleweed Tiny Houses
Danger, Will Robinson. This 46sqm structure was built on the lava fields near the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
Impending disaster? No problem. This New Zealand beach hut can be hooked up to a tractor and towed away to safety.
Picture: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Designed by Texas architect Jim Poteet, this micro-home is built in a 2.4m x 12m. shipping container.
The Friggebod is a style of Swedish cottage that -- at under 14sqm -- doesn't even require a building permit.
Picture: Jonas Wagell
This 160 square-foot Sau Paolo house is basically two boxes stacked on top of one another. The kitchen and bathroom are on the bottom floor, and the bedroom is on top, with a beautiful view of the São Sebastião Channel below.
Picture: Djan Chu
This mini Victorian abode, made by the adorably named Tiny Texas Houses, is so stinking cute.
Picture: Tiny Texas Houses
Another little gem from Sweden: a 25sqm hut that looks like a miniature sanctuary.
Picture: Platforma Arquitectura
Basically wedged into a crack between two other buildings, this Warsaw home isn't actually complete yet, but we're including it because it's so damn small. At its widest point, it'll be only 1.2m across.
Picture: Centrala architects