The Tiny House and its Dynamic with Architecture

1Source: Country Living Magazine

Affordable residential spaces have gradually grown into one of the most plaguing issues of architecture for all. With a booming value on real estate, ever proportionate to the locale, centrality and amenities available in the surrounding region, and uncertain terms of economy world over, homeowners and architects have grown to imbue further creativity to obtain best possible results, under varying circumstances. One direct resultant of the transforming scenario: The Tiny House Movement.

2Source: Sierra Club Southwest Michigan Group

With habitable area as less as 14 square meters, tiny houses are not treated as mere shelters, but with the advent of architectural infusion, have gained to obtain a status of novelty. Rising popularity, based on their innovativeness, efficiency and feasibility, the Tiny House Movement has grown to pervade larger portions of the world, rapidly, and therefore the ideology behind it, and their study and design call for architectural interest, and relevance in the professional field. While it does not dominate the field as yet, certain characteristics indicate their relevance over the forms of housing, in various contexts the world is confronted with.

One of the most essential virtues of The Tiny House is its merit of being economical, and aiding building and maintenance convenience. While bigger houses have been a symbol of status quo in various realms of the society, tiny houses speak of lesser area, lesser footprint, lesser material, and therefore, remarkably lesser costs. According to the information available at, calculations indicate an initial difference of about 35% between a typical single-family home and a moderately priced tiny house, with the cost difference only increasing once one factors in external elements, such as costs upon purchase, and maintenance funds. The virtue of a tiny house thereby is ingrained in its ability to neatly encompass all needs, while ensuring a size which does not encroach upon viable economic abilities.

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Architectural input in tiny houses has garnered an added benefit of enhances spatiality, in the form of liberal verticality within the confines of the house. With the footprint vying for compactness, a design feature incorporated includes allowing maximum verticality between the floor space and the roof, or ceiling, punctuating the spaces with partitions and barriers of suitable height. This basically refers to moulding spaces within the available volume, while keeping intact the idea of an open plan, and allowing for more openness within the house, with a visible link to the connect between the entire roof. Not only is it a design asset, but ensuring well-crafted verticality, without compromising on privacy and security poses as a challenge, and a tenet within which architectural contribution plays a pivotal role.

When the size of a tiny house is taken into consideration along with the spatial experiences it is to ideally encompass, the realisation of multi-use spaces and their vitality comes into the picture. The principles of a tiny house differ from traditional, conventional houses in the sense that division of spaces based on their functional classification takes a backseat, and spaces are designed to accommodate more than a singular usage, without compromising on the aspect of functional or the quality of the space, consequentially challenging traditional architectural notions, and inviting evolution of architecture.

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While this does not solely pertain to tiny houses, an observed extension of the Tiny House is its direct connect with the surroundings, and natural locales. With the home space being markedly smaller, external areas have not only gained prominence with regard to their habitability, but a smaller footprint has ensured that they are preserved in their natural state, and revelled in. With the Tiny House movement gaining relevance in the housing scenario, and one of the probable areas of expansion being a collection of tiny houses, it is indicative of an ensemble with a communal open space, retaining the surroundings and inducing holistic enhancement.

While minimalism as an expression of architecture gained fame and popularity with the advent of architectural ideals of the early twentieth century, especially with the principles of renowned and accomplished architects like Mies van der Rohe, it would not be incorrect to state that the Tiny House movement is an effective outlet for minimalism in the twenty first century. Architectural and design features evolve out of ideals embodied by architects and owners. However, while conventional houses would allow for ornamentation and enhancements due to their size, Tiny Houses ideate optimum usage of space. Therefore, implementation of conventional principles might result in cluttering as opposed to decorate, thereby symbolizing the relevance of minimalism.

5Source: Tiny House Nation; FYI Network

While the architectural impacts on Tiny Houses, and by Tiny Houses adhere to certain pre-recognized definitions, while architectural growth continues to evolve boundlessly, the preconceived notions also transform, indicating that while the sizes of Tiny Houses might cater to assumed limits, the exploration of architectural creativity it encompasses is limitless.

“The growing importance of The Tiny House is felt in some realms of the world, it is essential that their influence be recognized on a larger scale. The intent of the Tiny House Design Competition 2017 stems from the desire to bring The Tiny House into the forefront of our current architectural scenario on a global level, for it represents several notions of architecture, namely, creativity, challenge and sustainability, taking inspiration from ideals of yesteryear to pave the way for our future.

Title: Tiny House Design Competition 2017.
Organizers : Volume Zero Design Magazine
Submission deadline: 11: 59 pm,1st September 2017
Total Prize: $3200USD

-Devashree Vyas, Volume Zero.

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