The space we live in, reduced to a minimum, has been fascinating us for generations – the writer Thoreau lived in a self-built hut in the forest from 1845–1847. In 1952, Le Corbusier built a hut at the Côte d’Azur for himself and his wife. Inspired by this, Urs Peter Flückiger, built with his students, an ecologically and economically sustainable cabin in the Texan prairie. All three projects share the idea of minimal space and its relationship with the surrounding nature. In text, drawings, and photographs, this book analyses the three projects and shows parallels and similarities. Inspired by Tolstoy’s story How Much Earth Does A Man Need?, the author asks: “How much house does a man need?”, thereby providing a pointed contribution to the current discussion on the requirement for housing.
Urs Peter Flückiger is an architect and professor at Texas Tech University
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