The plot's high altitude area creates opportunities for both views and a private sphere, despite the size of 7,535 square feet. The house is placed after the large window towards the southwest. There is also a sense created by the facade that the volume is inserted in the ground.
The house's volume and sculptural expression is a result of the room's shape, which follows the design principle of the square pitch. This principle dictates that a certain angle runs through the house, vertically opening the two floors. The angle of the square creates a relationship between the room's conventional right angles and the room's divergent angles.
The entry level begins with a generous recessed entrance situation, a rugged outdoor space with the building's cornerstone of concrete and walls of stained plywood. Inside, the upper level opens up through a stairwell that creates an open connection between the two planes. Furthermore, a feedback occurs through the kitchen and dining room and the room that is intended to be used as an office. The kitchen has a large airing gap over the door and is also a shortcut to the garden.
The staircase along the 25-foot-high wall leads up to a common room shared by two openings. The second opening to the south divides a place in the living room into two natural parts. The living room can be divided to create additional room when needed.
The facade and the outer geometry of the cube is treated with the same material everywhere to emphasize the volume as a whole. The facade is made of galvanized corrugated iron mounted on the exterior of the body. The geometry allows a simple expression in terms of drainage, and two gutters running along the eaves tilt to sling water in the air from the house onto the stones below. The window openings are made of VFZ steel frames that are fitted to the exterior of the body as well as energy glass glued to steel frames. Airing doors are made of aluminum and the outer door can be closed completely during the winter with a one-way flap and steel frame edge.
The house consists of a modular frame system of sandwich construction. The construction itself is selected based on several parameters, including easy installation with a fast construction time, low-energy factory construction, good insulation value, good technical characteristics, and a facade system that can be changed as needed. The house is very energy efficient, 17 w per sqm.
"HAPPY CHEAP!" The concept is a vision of a better world in the small house format, as well as a vision of how we may live in the future while questioning what we need around us and how large a living space is really necessary. There are also economic benefits to HAPPYCHEAP. from a community point of view we can together take control over our resources, with houses that contains smaller spaces and lower price it is a smarter way of sharing the resources that we have. The lower price is also an indicator on how much energy these houses produces when built and also in comparison with the smaller amount of profit that usually builders or house manufacturers need. With smaller needs for profit and smaller resources taken to account this makes these houses a good recipe for future community's.