Designers continue to push the creative parameters of tiny houses. The most recent examples of their ingenuity come courtesy of the winners of Ryterna Modul's Architectural Challenge 2018. The competition invited the participants to create a tiny house no bigger than 269 square feet, complete with a kitchen, sleeping and living areas and a bathroom. The other rule is that designs must have zero impact on the environment.
In addition pushing the limits of these small yet fully functional spaces, the winning architects went above and beyond to stand out from the nearly 1,500 other participants who represented 88 countries. WaveHouse – the winning entry by Abdolrahman Kadkhodasalehi – is a curved structure that takes its design cues from water. The tiny house features a refinery tank that purifies and recycles the sink and shower water.
The second place winners Julia and Stas Kaptur of Russia designed the nature-friendly tiny home they call 24052705, which features modular rooms and transparent walls that encourage a reconnection with nature.
Tiny house TM301 (for Trapezoidal Mod) belongs to third place winner William Samin of Indonesia. The structure includes energy saving can function as self-contained and off the grid, thanks to a rainwater collecting system, energy-saving appliances, LED lighting, and solar panels. Its stacked compartments can be rearranged by mounting or vertical stacking. Pivot walls and glazing doors offer privacy but can also be opened to allow for maximum air flow. Additionally, TM301 is positioned on stilts that allow the house to adapt to various terrains. The interior houses folding furniture and rolling mattresses that can be stowed away into cleverly designed storage compartments.
Appealing to those who need a respite away from social media is ANT, the conceptual design from China's Clarence Zichen Qian which earned an honorable mention from Ryterna. Qian says the intention behind his tiny house was to inspire "architects to rethink and reveal the atmospheric potential while people completely neglect the familiar circumstance around them in everyday life."