the bunkie small space architecture by evan bare + nathan buhler
the bunkie   small space architecture by evan bare + nathan buhler the bunkie   small space architecture by evan bare + nathan buhler
feb 04, 2013

the bunkie small space architecture by evan bare + nathan buhler

‘the bunkie’ small space architecture by evan bare + nathan buhlerview over lake



evan bare of 608 design and nathan buhler of BLDG workshop have conceived ‘the bunkie‘ as a medium to experiment in ideas 
that cross boundaries between architecture and furniture design. the concept uses identical techniques used in
the manufacturing process of high production plywood furniture. the frame is built using a CNC router to cut highly accurate parts which fit together like a puzzle.


clad in plywood and barn board (or other materials) – everything can be built in a factory and shipped flat-packed on-site for final assembly. the interior was designed to maximize the potential for small spaces – living quarters that could be commonly used as a family cottage add-on for
sleeping extra guests without building permit requirements. a multi-functional room has been developed that consists of three modes: sleep, play and open.


‘sleep mode’ employs two queen sized murphy beds built into one main wall – a small dining table and set of four chairs are visually integrated into the main feature wall, and can be detached for use in play mode. open mode would provide the most square footage to be used for meditation, yoga,
reading, or even ice fishing.



open mode


party mode

party mode



sleep mode



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  • build it

    dbkii says:
  • IKEA house kit?

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • interesting concept will be nice to see it come true.
    Also where did you store the table when the bed comes out?

    pinmax says:
  • where would the toilets be?

    fuad says:
  • Not quite IKEA, but yes, a kit.
    We are currently working to produce the first prototype
    The table mounts above the fireplace on the feature wall next to the chairs
    Sans toilets in this version. No plumbing, no major electrical, no building permits, simple

    Evan says:
  • Gorgeous concept. I covet one.
    How are the table legs stabilized when the table is in use?

    Jeanne says:
  • Great idea! But for those who love privacy as well as openness these aims would be simultaneously better served by having
    two of the four sides be adjoining walls and the other adjoining two sides, be windows andor sliding glass doors.

    Barbara L. Marcel says:
  • This would be a nice swimming pool shed.

    Reggie says:

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