The past year has seen many architects and designers unveil innovative ideas for space-saving housing, whether in the city or out in the wilderness. Here are some of the best examples to emerge, selected by editor Amy Frearson for our review of 2017.
This 40-square-metre property provides a home and studio for an artist in rural Vermont.
Local studio Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design wanted the property to demonstrate that a "small house need not be a claustrophobic, monotonous box". It features cutaway corners, which create sheltered patios, and a bright airy interior.
This micro home is one of several that property management company Lowe Guardians has installed inside vacant buildings in London.
The initiative is intended as a win-win – offering young professionals extremely cheap accommodation, and protecting landlords from squatters, vandals and deterioration. Designed by London practice Studio Bark, the DIY housing modules offer an alternative to traditional property guardianship.
A 32-square-metre Beijing hutong house was overhauled to create this modern home for a young family.
This type of traditional courtyard property used to dominate the Chinese capital, but many have been destroyed in recent years. With this project, Chinese studio OEU-ChaO has shown that these residences can suit a contemporary lifestyle.