The Egg

Freya Bruce, Derbyshire, 2020



Photography by Kannvolkan, Dan Thorburn     Download Original

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The Egg is a sustainable micro-home designed by architecture student Freya Bruce

100 individual triangular panels form the complex cocoon shape which were hand measured, cut, folded (using a custom built clamp) sealed and sanded. The build uses recycled and recyclable plastic sheet, FSC approved plywood, reclaimed timber, aluminium sheet, marmoleum, wood fibre insulation and the chassis from an old, unusable 1980’s caravan and fully embraces a sustainable mindset of reuse and adaptation.

With the only externally undertaken works being gas certification and lacquering, Freya and her father Derek (nominally a builder), worked over a 2 year period to construct the entire home using experimental techniques and processes. Having received a small fund from Glasgow School of Art, the rest of the project was funded by Freya’s part-time work.

Despite the restricted floor area at under 6m2, the home feels surprisingly spacious and womb-like, comfortably sleeping three due to it’s adaptable interior. Coming from a generation who will struggle to purchase their own homes, Freya understands that the privilege of having space and being rent free is not one to be underestimated.

The Egg is certainly a bold statement and yet covered in snow or dappled with shadows from the trees it’s nestled in, it feels like it belongs to wherever it’s parked. The build has offered a great learning experience, embracing the challenge of practical on-site application and learning how to use tools, adapt processes and form relationships with local tradespeople.

Currently, Freya is undertaking her Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the Center for Alternative Technology, notorious for their hands-on approach. She is proud to be a part of a cohort of students who fully embrace their environmental and social responsibility as designers.

Annual CO2 emissions data (requested in kg/m2/year) was provided as follows
round 130kgCO2e


  • Begun: Aug 2020
  • Completed: Oct 2020
  • Floor area: 6m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £3,500
  • Funding: privately, Glasgow School of Art and AJSP 2021 entry kindly sponsored by erz landscape architects
  • Address: Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13, United Kingdom

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