Our Fascination with Tiny Tiny Apartments

August 09, 2011

Eco-friendly? Economically-friendly?

Recently, we've seen a rise in videos of surprisingly -- and fascinatingly -- small homes and apartments that some people have subjected themselves to, for whatever reason. In particular, FairCompanies has had a number of popular videos detailing the unusual living situations of some tiny apartment renters and homeowners draw lots of fans of late. The channel has over 8 million views in the past four months.

The first video to really take off was of a 90-square-foot Manhattan apartment rented by Felice Cohen for $700 per month. The clip was posted in October, but initially found an audience in early April, when it picked up nearly a million views in one day as it was featured on a number of pop-culture and real estate blogs.

Here are five of their most popular examples of such videos:

(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here.)

Last year, a video from Discovery's Planet Green -- which has been posted more than once -- gained popularity and has since been seen over 5.5 million times in total. In it, a Hong Kong architect explains how his 330 square foot apartment converts into 24 total different rooms:

One of the earlier tiny home tours was created by Jay Shafer at TumbleweedHouses in 2007. That clip has been seen over 1 million times: