Our definition of home is evolving constantly as a response to societal, technological, environmental, and health-related challenges. The Tiny House 2020 Architecture Competition asked designers to envision flexible, sustainable, and mobile residential spaces that redefined the conventional idea of home — while not exceeding 300 square feet (27.87 square meters).
First Place: A Forest for Rest
Jorge Cobo (Spain)
Project summary: “The design looks at integrating the built and therefore the unbuilt, with ‘adaptation’ being a core principle of the lebensraum . The ‘A Forest for Rest’ house exemplifies ‘Living small yet living it all’ phrase; it embodies the characteristics of sustainability and resourceful living. The house also incorporates renewable energies to sustain itself, thus making it a responsible element of our surroundings .”
Second Place: Ecottage
Dylan Morel and Dorian Bernard (France)
Project summary: “The Ecottage is meant to be environmentally responsible; it aims to be an answer to fight the adverse effects of global climate change through its adaptive spatial design. This home is made from prefabricated mass, adapting to each individual habitat needs. Created with an intent to preserve natural resources, the Ecottage has the potential to be completely energy independent, an important characteristic necessary to sustain life within the coming years.”
Third Place: Off the Walls
Tak Ying Chan (United States)
Project summary: “The ‘Off the Walls’ tiny home is designed with the concept of sheltering homeless people within the Bushwick neighborhood of latest York during today’s difficult pandemic situation. Its design celebrates the colourful street art culture of the neighborhood, making it an indelible a part of its dynamic surroundings and communities. made from recycled elements, the house envisions sustainability and adaptableness as means to invigorate the neighborhood and its communities.”
The competition jury included Pedro Tuma (Terra E Tuma Arquitetos Associados, Brazil), Arjun Desai (Desai Chia Architecture, United States), Juliana Terra (Terra E Tuma Arquitetos Associados, Brazil), Katherine Chia (Desai Chia Architecture, United States), Todd Saunders (Saunders Architecture, Norway), Enk Te Winkel & Anna Juni (Team Vao Arquitetura, Brazil), Gustavo Delonero (Team Vao Arquitetura, Brazil), Luis Rebelo de Andrade (Luis Rebelo de Andrade), Tiago Rebelo de Andrade (Tiago Rebelo de Andrade), and Biju Kuriakose (ArchitectureRED, India).