A House That's Only 1 Square Meter

One Square Meter House
One Square Meter House

You could have your very own house to stay in for the cost of a little more than $1 a night! What? You think there's a catch? OK, there is: The house is only a cozy 1 square meter large.

The aptly named "One-Sqm-House," designed by Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel, features a lockable door, a window and comes with ... a chair. Planning on crashing there for the night? The structure can be turned on its side, offering access to the built-in mattress.

The ultra-portable structure -- said to be the smallest "home" in the world -- has wheels and weighs less than 90 pounds. According to airbnb, it can fit through most doors, in elevators and even in Berlin's subway cars. Not having any plumbing might be a problem, so the nightly fee includes access to the kitchen and bathrooms at Berlin's Eastseven Hostel.

Le-Mentzel was inspired by his dream of creating a home that he could take with him. As he told BMW Guggenheim: "So I said, OK, I want to have my own square meter ... that no one other than I, myself, can decide what happens with this one square meter of mine in the world. It's the only square meter in the world where I can decide what direction the window looks in, what direction the door opens in, what neighbors I have."

If you aren't intent on renting the home, you can build a One-Sqm-House for yourself for just $300. BMW Guggenheim Lab is offering a one-day workshop that includes all the materials needed.

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