Tiny House 2022 architecture competition by Volume Zero

What is a Tiny House? Home is a space that is intimate to all of us. A home goes beyond its everyday function of being a physical shelter for people and their activities; a home connects with its users at a personal and emotional level. Our humble abodes are being redefined with every passing day. The world is changing constantly, and along with it, our homes are seeing us spend more time within them.

The built form of a home is evolving rapidly, its design adapting to various other needs that were not limited to this space before. Homes today are versatile entities – doubling up as offices, play areas, work-out zones, and spaces for interaction and recreation, transformative, multi-purpose, and evolving to adapt to us, not the other way around. A Home is no longer just a place you live in but is a place that lives with you.

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As needs evolve, house designs are evolving globally. Designing outside of the box has become increasingly important as land availability and economic feasibility decrease. It is imperative to utilize space efficiently and effectively.Now with the effects of the pandemic and other factors in the recent years the home environment is more critical than ever. In addition to shelter, a home must serve as an office, a full-time kitchen, an entertainment area, and place for peace.

Having one home act in all these roles is a challenge that designers have to cater to for a variety of spatial experiences. The Tiny House Movement, once again, celebrates the concept of simple, yet resourceful living. The homes can be designed to re-imagine sustainability through the innovation of maximum usable space in a minimum footprint. Living Small, Yet Living It All!

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Participants are to design a Tiny House for 2 people that would provide comfortable living accommodation. The design and concept of the house should be innovative, creative, and sustainable. The relationship between the exterior surroundings and interior spaces must be taken into consideration. The proposed design should be well-conceptualized.

The area of the proposed Tiny House should not exceed 300 sq. ft. Mobility being a vital factor, the house need not be self-mobile, but should be treated as an extension that can be towed easily by a car or pickup truck. However, the participants can avoid the issue of mobility altogether by providing a strong justification for the same. The Interior Spaces should include the following:

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• Living Area
• Toilet space
• Sleeping Area for 2
• Workspace
• Cooking and Dining Area
• Recreation space
• Any other function that the participant wishes to add to the habitat

The participants can choose a site according to their design proposals. The location can be either an urban or rural area anywhere across the world. Design can be integrated well with the selected site. The selected site must strongly justify the design proposal. Source and images Courtesy of Volume Zero.

Image © Volume ZeroAwards1st prize USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication2nd prize USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication3rd prize USD 800 + Certificate + PublicationStudent Award: USD 500 + Certificates+ PublicationThis Award is reserved for the best student work for the competition apart from the first 3 winners10 Honourable mentions: CertificatesUpdated ScheduleEarly Bird Registration: 18th August 2022 to 18th November 2022Standard Registration: 19th November to 15th December 2022Last Day for Queries: 13th December 2022Closing Date for Submission: 21st December 2022Announcement of Winners: 22nd February 2023Registration FeeEarly Bird: 18th August 2022 to 18th November 2022Participants from India – INR 1800 + 18% GST = INR 2124 (per team)Participants from Other Countries – 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team)Standard: 19th November to 15th December 2022Participants from India – INR 2400 + 18% = INR 2832 (per team)Participants from Other Countries – USD 85 + 18% =USD 100.3 (per team)

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