Dachi Papuahvili’s Micro Shipping Container Home

This conceptual design from Georgian architect Dachi Papuahvili, is an interesting take on tiny houses and how to live in them. The concept home is cross-like in form and is intended to provide a living space for a resident member of a church.


Micro House - Skit 2014 - Dachi Papuashvili - Exterior - Humble Homes

The structure of the micro-home is to be built using shipping containers. Papuashvili’s aim was originally to create a retreat or study for a cleric or layman, however the design seems to have developed beyond that into a full blown home.


Micro House - Skit 2014 - Dachi Papuashvili - Study - Humble Homes

The aim is to use reuse, recycle and repurpose as much waste material as possible, starting with the shipping container structure. In Georgia, the usual approach to the construction of monasteries and skits is to build them out of stone – a very labor intensive method. Papuahvili’s skit hopes to provide an environmentally friendly skit with reduced costs for labor and materials.


Micro House - Skit 2014 - Dachi Papuashvili - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The exterior renderings show the finished house as being clad with wood, and the end bays of the horizontal section containing large window openings. The peak of the structure contains a small pitched roof to help avoid pooling of water, which isn’t uncommon with flat roofs.

Micro House - Skit 2014 - Dachi Papuashvili - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The outside of the house features no less than three decking areas – one close to the ground level, and two others found on the roof of the horizontal container. On the inside, the containers have been retro-fitted and are finish almost entirely in wood.

Micro House - Skit 2014 - Dachi Papuashvili - Cross Section - Humble Homes

My favorite area within the home is the small kitchen with the adjacent floor-to-ceiling window, and small space for dining. Religious connotations aside, this is the most interesting and adventurous micro-house concept I’ve come across in a while. Although, I’m not sure how people would get their groceries into the kitchen – a pulley and basket system would be useful. The architect is hoping to complete a prototype by 2015.

For more tiny houses check out the worlds thinnest dwelling, that’s been slotted between two adjacent buildings. Or, this tiny house in Sweden that serves as student accommodation. See all tiny houses.

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Photos: Dachi Papuashvili

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. This is so beautiful and so well done. What I love about the implications of the design is that when you enter into the house, you are in a space that is really separate from the rest of the house, a truly intermediate space between the outside and the rest of the space. It gives one a sense of peaceful entry (imho) on entering that one does not have if they are in a place where you go whatever is outside to seeing everything inside the house at once. The cross design also allows for a beautiful balcony that is of a higher height than just the roof of a first level house. The only two design differences I would consider (and perhaps this is nit-picking because this is just sooooo beautiful) is that I would zig zag the laddersr and stairs so that they are not vertically aligned (maybe having stairs every level as well) and perhaps, as you suggested, include a portable bellhop. But what a joy to see something so beautiful!

  2. Very interesting and different. The only problem I see is the ladders and stairs if you have any mobility problems. It does have great outdoor views from every level.

  3. Hi, like to have a house like that, and maybe retail it for north of norway people.

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