The Octagonal Living Unit (by Sculptor House) In Central Virginia, USA
Photo courtesy of Sculptor House
There is plenty of interest and excitement around the idea of tiny homes right now as evidenced by multiple television shows and numerous articles on Facebook and sites like Tiny House Citizens! At Sculptorhouse, we think the core issue that is generating the interest is simple: freedom. People love the idea of ridding themselves of the 20 or 30-year mortgage commitment that most housing requires. Rather than spending a third or even a half of one’s income providing for shelter, you are suddenly free to work less, enjoy life more, change your priorities, cut against the grain.
A secondary driver of the phenomenon is an environmental concern. Tiny houses use fewer resources to build, require less energy to heat and cool, take up less space. People who want to lower their carbon footprint see a tiny house as a way to achieve this. Sculptorhouse shares these concerns, and our ethos addresses all of them.
At Sculptorhouse, we believe that the core issue of “home” is a sanctuary; a place of refuge or safety. Home is where we return for protection from the elements, for sustenance, for nourishment, both bodily and spiritually. For us, this means that our home should be not only warm and dry, it should withstand the forces nature so much that those forces become awesome rather than threatening. Most importantly, a home should be a place that allows us not just the safety to dream, but the impetus; a place that nurtures and prods our imagination.
At Sculptorhouse, our goal is to create a space where the impetus to dream is not just possible, but likely. How do we do that? We create a house that exceeds the safety standards of building codes and requirements. We lift the ceiling to great heights in order to raise our consciousness. We open the space to the outdoors at every compass point to allow light to penetrate and to allow vision and imagination to romp unfettered. We eliminate the cul-de-sac of the ninety-degree corner and the tyranny of the rectilinear. We create a space that is proportioned like a piece of art and that has a lifespan of three hundred years. Our houses are places of deep shelter.
Whether you buy one or not, whether you experience one in person or not, we think of our endeavor as a gift for you. You can transport yourself into it with your imagination, you can think about the implications of living in a house this small or a house that is octagonal. You can think about the ways in which this endeavor grapples with the issue of housing in America, about how it addresses housing issues of the developing world, about whether living in a roundhouse affects your consciousness in ways that living in a square house does not. You can take this idea or this object as an impetus to dream.
Please visit their website and have a look for yourself at Sculptor House
Credit: Sculptor House
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