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Philip Jodidio Documents the Small Scale Building Revolution

It’s long been said that necessity is the mother of all invention, so it’s little wonder that the economic crash has brought with it a burst of creativity amid the global scale tightening of belts. Across the world of architecture, there has been a shift away from grandiose designs towards the growing fad for petite, bank manager-friendly abodes. The popular architecture writer, Philip Jodidio’s new book “Small Architecture Now!” celebrates 64 of these tiny, surprising spaces that stand testament to the brilliant bods behind them.

Budget has never been so bang-on-trend. Take the Canadian architect Tom Kundig, who built his single-room Gulf Islands Cabin on a little plot near Vancouver Island. Set in an area of breathtaking natural beauty, it is easy to understand why, for Kundig, size doesn’t matter, “It’s so small you have to go outside. That’s the point!” Jodidio includes commercial and residential projects that range from a dolls’ house for Calvin Klein in New York, a playhouse for children in Tronheim, to pop-up fashion stores and housing solutions for the victims of natural disaster. Pritzker Prize-winning architects are featured alongside emerging names from across the globe. This ground-breaking movement even takes to the trees, with examples of sophisticated, eco-friendly tree-houses that provide an alternative to climbing up the property ladder. There is also a tardis-like shepherd’s hut that defies all expectation; built below ground on a rugged mountainside, it is the ultimate definition of contemporary chic.