Vipp Shelter – An Industrial Small House in Denmark

This modern tiny house has been designed by the Danish design studio Vipp. Dubbed Vipp Shelter, it was the company’s first architectural project. The unit has been developed as a “plug and play” retreat, and Vipp refer to it as a “liveable industrial object”.


Vipp Shelter - Small House - Morten Bo Jensen - Denmark - Exterior - Humble Homes

Vipp Shelter is 592 square feet (55 square meters) in size. Unlike a lot of modern retreats, it contains a two storey space, but it’s also not intended to be mobile: “The objective was not to make a house or a mobile home. Vipp is rooted in the manufacture of industrial objects, so the term shelter is a typology that allows us to define this hybrid as a spacious, functionally generic, liveable object.”


Vipp Shelter - Small House - Morten Bo Jensen - Denmark - Window View- Humble Homes

The unit is capable of supporting up to four people – there’s a main bedroom found on the upper level, and a daybed on the ground floor. Thanks to its entirely-glazed front wall, stunning views of the surrounding countryside are on show throughout the main floor.


Vipp Shelter - Small House - Morten Bo Jensen - Denmark - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The ground floor is completely open plan (apart from the bathroom). There’s a dining area on the left-hand-side, followed by a kitchen, fireplace and storage unit, and a daybed. The bathroom is tucked away in a corner on the right side of the home.

Vipp Shelter - Small House - Morten Bo Jensen - Denmark - Toilet- Humble Homes

The industrial aesthetic is prominent throughout, with a rather stark finish both inside and out. The unit has been kitted out with the company’s products, including the appliances and furnishings. It also helps to establish a strong sense of style, in-keeping with Vipp’s own identity.

Vipp Shelter - Small House - Morten Bo Jensen - Denmark - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The team responsible for the design wanted to simplify and speed up the process of creating your own getaway. As such, the Vipp Shelter can be built on your chosen site in just 3-5 days. It also comes with all the furniture and fittings.

For more retreats check out Detached, a rooftop cabin in Greece. Or, this small holiday home on the Dutch island of Vlieland. See all retreats.

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Photos: Vipp

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. Stark? Dark, scary, ominous… are better adjectives. Couldn’t live in something like this… but hey, I’m sure Tim Burton could… that fella who gave us the Bride Corpse.

  2. I love this. The interior walls of black are too dark for me to live in, even though I like the look.

  3. This dwelling is one of the purest statements of the beauty of simplicity and small space providing large living that I have seen. I am so impressed. It’s a work of art!

  4. Any argument against the black interior should be quelled by visualizing what small pops of color would do in such a setting. A single red poppy in a crystal vase, a scarlet throw on the day bed, a yellow bowl on the counter, or even a black one filled with lemons or green apples…..the choices are endless for making the black a background to a bright note, singing against it.

  5. Small pops of colour won’t lighten the place up. It’s so dark as to be borderline dangerous. It’s almost like living in a coal mine Nancy… a freaking coal mine.