QB1 – Cube Project

On the inside the QB1 is 3x3x3 meters, about 97 square feet. It was designed to generate at least as much electricity as it uses, making it energy-positive. In fact the designers estimate this house, with its 1.48 kW roof mounted photovoltaic system, would pay the owner £1000 per year in FiT income. FiT is the UK Government’s Feed-In Tariff program, which pays an incentive for producing energy from renewable sources.

I requires a grid connection to feed energy back to the grid and a water source. It needs no sewer connection. Waste is either composted or processed on site in a small reed-bed and soak-away.

This is the first prototype of the QB1 and it’s on display at St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. The Cube Project is the creation of Dr Mike Page.

Read more at Jetson Green.

Cube construction from Mike Page on Vimeo.

Home Office Cube in Chile

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I was researching ideas for my own home office cube design and ran across this garden workspace on materialicious. It is located in Chile and was designed by architects Claudio Labarca and Juan Ignacio Lopez. The interior space measures 5 by 7 meters which is about 375 square feet.

I’m really impressed with the wood shutters that provide privacy and shade during hot days. When closed or open they make a strong design statement and provide a geometric exterior texture. I also like that the owner has a choice of direct or filtered light.

It’s really interesting to see how many different ways designers play with simple rectangular forms. Simple details really make all the difference in form and function. Read more about this design at Plataforma Arquitectura. Here is the English translation. Photo credit to Giuseppe Bruculleri and Maria Paz Lobos.

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8x8x8 Cube – Backyard Office Concept


Julia and I have decided last weekend to seriously consider building a tiny office for me in our backyard. I work from home full-time and use a bedroom in the house as my office. The only trouble is that when the dogs are barking, or Katie is playing loudly, it gets a little difficult to be on a conference call. The space I have out back is limited but there is one spot for an 8×8 tiny house. So I started drawing up some ideas for 8x8x8 structures. This is the first design which I drew last Sunday.

It’s desgned to require little cutting of the plywood sheathing and includes some unusual windows. I think the final office will have larger windows and larger overhang but it was fun exploring the cube shape. The roof in this drawing is designed to make it look flat from ground level but it is in fact slightly pitched to the back over the door. You can download the Google SketchUp file to get a better look if you have Google SketchUp on your computer.