Inventor's Tiny Honeycomb Garden House

We can't get enough of tiny homes. Take a look at this delightful, modular space based on the same geometry used by honey bees.

Photo by: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy Jaanus Orgusaar Vibrant yellow-gold "honeycomb" walls dominate the main living and dining space in this 269-square-foot garden house. Taking his cue and inspiration from platonic solids found in nature, designer Jaanus Orgusaar creates an elegant fusion of timeless shapes and tiny housing.

This tiny house in Ida-Viru, Estonia, delivers a sweet sleight of hand. Where you're accustomed to expect a four-legged square box, it's planted firmly above ground and supported by three legs. And although the floor plan is a big hexagon, it gives you the feeling of a round space, both inside and out. 

The entire structure is based on the rhombic dodecahedron, a beautiful symmetry of 12 faces and 24 edges that can be duplicated from a single cell, as in the familiar honeycomb pattern, diamonds and garnet. (And that's it for the geometry refresher.) 

Photo by: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy Jaanus Orgusaar Working models of the rhombic dodecahedron design. Note how each module is built from an identical "cell" and can be repeated either vertically or on a horizontal plane. That's easy room additions that expand with your dwelling needs, a concept addressed by many architects.   

Designer and inventor Jaanus Orgusaar took this idea into the garden and using nature's blueprint (and his fascination with sacred geometry principles) built a fully modular and sustainable tiny house. The initial seed is approximately 269 square feet, so if you want that new bedroom, home theater or study, then just add another, identical rhombus, stacking vertically or horizontally to continue the space. 

Photo by: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy Jaanus Orgusaar A photo showing the late construction phase of the honeycomb-inspired garden house. Jaanus Orgusaar chose to build the house on three legs to distribute the tension and stress evenly. It's the same principle as a three-legged stool.

Orgusaar's first experiment was building this wood and limestone paste summer home near a 200-year-old pine tree. He achieved that natural, distressed grey exterior coloring from soaking the side boards with iron-oxide. All the materials are eco-friendly, from the thermo-boarded roof to the wooden flooring. 

Photo by: Terje Ugandi, Courtesy Jaanus Orgusaar It's charming, isn't it? A deceptively simple, rugged design – a template, really – that combines efficiency and imagination. Can you see these tiny houses adopted as garden rooms, backyard dens, or even a pastoral home office?

The result? A brilliant synergy of form, function and beauty adaptable to a variety of terrains and climates.   

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