10 Works of Architecture for People Who Prefer to Live Alone

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Living alone doesn’t have to feel lonely — especially when you call a skillfully designed, intimate abode home. For the single-occupancy crowd, these houses and apartments have been customized to meet the needs of people flying solo. Space, light, and views have been maximized. There are no dingy, shoebox-style holes in the wall here — just gorgeous, tiny homes for the person who enjoys their own space.

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Skinny and portable, from Netherlands firm Moodworks Architecture. The Heijmans ONE houses can be transported to rural and urban environments via truck. Solar panels make them eco-friendly and efficient. You get the works — bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom, and patio — without the price. And there’s only 484 square feet to clean at the end of the day.

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The designers at Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates transformed a slender house, only nine-feet wide, into the perfect place for one person. The two-story residence features a sequence of rooms that flow into one another, keeping things open and light. A sleeping loft offers a comfortable nook for privacy.

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This contemporary home in Melides, Portugal boasts a panoramic view, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s only one floor, too, so you can still daydream from those big and beautiful windows from your bedroom.

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The square footage is small, but the environment is big when it comes to this modern glass house. A deck surrounding a swimming pool extends the space outdoors where you’d rather spend your days anyway. The wood construction adds warmth to the contemporary design, making you feel right at home in the mountains.

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It takes a village — but when they start to drive you nuts, here’s a home where you can escape the crowd. Three generations share communal living space, including a bathroom, kitchen, and dining spot, but have a personal “block” in this miniature village.

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Designed by Gigaplex Architects for a single person living in Woodland, Utah, this circular home is constructed from two corrugated grain silos. Bask in tons of natural daylight and cozy up in the winter. Metal grating on the second story offers a shady spot during the hotter months.

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With just enough room for a bed, chair, and small table (don’t worry there’s a shower, toilet, and a small kitchen, too) the Diogene cabin is a tiny getaway space for a single person on the move.

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Sit and sleep in Van Bo Le-Mentzel’s One SQM House, which is a tiny mobile wonder. It’s only 10.7 square feet, but functions as an office, bedroom, store, and social hangout spot.

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The Compact House Unit by Tamar Fleisher stores your personal belongings and provides a place to sleep. It’s basically the Swiss army knife of apartments with its removable double bed, toilet, kitchen, wardrobe section, storage space, built-in library, foldable work table, shoe drawer, bicycle parking spot.

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Firm McBride Charles Ryan’s domed house is like a puzzle that changes with the owner’s different life stages, giving them room to grow a family one day:

This project is a home in Hawthorn designed to accommodate at the various stages of its life, a family, a single person, and a single person with large visiting family. The design concept of this home was to take a perfect shape, the copper sphere, and to remove parts. By selectively removing parts of the sphere, there is the sense internally of being in and surrounded by garden. The spherical shell also provides beautiful internal spaces on the first floor.