What is Small-Scale Architecture?

In the vast expanse of architectural practice, there’s a niche that captures the essence of detail, innovation, and adaptability: small-scale architecture. Moving beyond the grandeur of towering skyscrapers and expansive complexes, this realm delves into the intricacies of designing within constrained spaces, offering solutions that are as efficient as they are inventive. From the charm of tiny houses to the elegance of urban pavilions, small-scale architecture presents a unique challenge, compelling architects to think beyond size and reimagine what spaces can achieve. In this article, we’ll explore the nuances of this fascinating domain, shedding light on its significance in contemporary design.

What is Small-Scale Architecture?

Small-scale architecture refers to the design and construction of structures that are reduced in size or scale, often focusing on details, materials, and spatial solutions appropriate for limited spaces or specific contexts. It encompasses a range of projects including tiny houses, kiosks, pavilions, and installations. Small-scale architecture often prioritizes efficiency, adaptability, and the innovative use of limited resources.

A bucket of inspiration arrived on our door step, it contains pieces of great creativity from a variety of fields, with different uses, all with one thing in common: they’re small.


Small-scale architecture, at its best.

In an extraordinary exploration pursuit, the book presents slowly, briefly, great ideas and the thought process behind them, it expresses the intention of the space and the journey of the creative.

Pavilions. Shelters. Backyard studios. Outdoor toilets. Playgrounds and play structures. Treehouses. Phone booths. Chapels. Meditation spaces. Cabins. Bus stops. Information stations. Mountain huts. Installations. Pods for private sleeping in public spaces. Mobile offices in trailers. Food trucks. Enclosures for reading in libraries. Floating rooms set adrift in lakes. Stage sets. Pedestrian footbridges. Shading canopies. Viewing platforms.

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Even the smallest projects can contain big ideas. Sometimes these ideas, such as new explorations in materials and form, can have significant influences on the practice of architecture. ARCHIVE Issue No 2: What is Small-Scale Architecture? connects architects, startups, investors, entrepreneurs, and companies designing small spaces that enrich lives.

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Publication Information

  • ISBN #  9789934896408  
  • Format: Hardcover, A4, Color
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Retail List Price: € 55

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