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micro compact home 016 brissago

The most recent micro compact home, m-ch 016, was installed in June 2012 at a spectacular site in Brissago, overlooking Lake Maggiore, Switzerland.

The new owners from Munich, own a small one bedroom farmhouse on the land at Via Piazza in Brissago and urgently needed a small guest house for visiting family and friends. They made a request to enlarge the standard micro home, a 2.6m cube, by one meter in the south direction to create a full size 1.8 m square double bed and space for dining table to seat up to eight people.

The modified champagne coloured micro home, is constructed using a light aluminium frame, total weight 2.3 tons.

It was placed in position using a large helicopter and installed in just 4min 09secs using a helicopter from Heli Swiss, Eleticno based near Locarno in May 2012. A ground crew of three engineers each in radio contact with the pilot positioned the micro home into three 35mm diameter locating holes in the aluminium subframe.

In addition to double bed, which lifts and lowers, the guest bed and dining and working space, the micro home has toilet shower and kitchen fitted with microwave, fridge and freezer, etc. The little house also has air conditioning and low energy LED lighting and beige leather surfaces with custom designed space for Geneva sound system and Nespresso coffee machine.

Energy use is predicted to be between 4-5 kWh per day averaged over the year.

The land and terraces have been prepared with four small foundation pads, with water, waste, electricity and internet ready for immediate connection after the aerial installation. Landscaping and natural dry stone walls have been laid by Brissago craftsman Fabio Leone to enable the micro home to fit neatly and sympathetically into this beautiful Ticino garden.


Dr. Bettina von Schaky and Dr. Wolf A Sintenis

Architecture and Interior design

Prof. Richard Horden and Frau Ulrike Fuchs from Horden Cherry Lee Architects and micro compact home ltd. London
Tel 00 44 [0]20 7495 4119

micro compact home construction and installation

Rupert and Nicole Gatterbauer , micro compact home production Gmbh, Uttendorf, Austria
Tel 00 43 [0]77 24 61 9720

Foundations and ground work

Pagani Gmbh Brissago


Gemeinde Brissago and Herr Barrosso.

Copyright and patents

micro compact home ltd.