Tiny Homes Competition 2016
Sponsored by Chicago AIA
"Tiny Homes, Big Personality" Submission
Homes signify independence and can express individual personalities. Unfortunately, affordable housing is often subjugated by a sameness in form, planning and envelope in efforts to be cost efficient. This often leaves a generic shell which is decorated with personal effects. Our design seeks to create spaces that exude distinctive character through efficient planning while promoting collaboration amongst the youthful inhabitants.
This community offers two different unit plans to allow for choice in living styles. Both typologies are organized with adjacent bathrooms and kitchen areas to keep plumbing lines concentrated. The arrangement of modules also considers adjacency of plumbed spaces for mechanical efficiency as well as noise and privacy.
In addition to the efficiency in planning, modules are arranged to create a series of shared courtyards. Each courtyard is shared by two or three people to allow for both collaboration and some personalization of each area. All individuals will share two community areas which anchor the site and are easily accessible.
Modules are both efficient and unique. Each module is expressed through changes in form and texture. Efficient plans are paired with a variety of roof slopes and shingle patterns. The variety of roof slopes creates an enhanced interior space that can be further personalized by the new dweller. The exterior of each module – while similar in material – will vary in shingle patterning outwardly expressing their individuality.
Simple means are used to generate distinctive housing types. The collection of modules exemplifies the diversity of independent people living, collaborating, and aspiring together, making a statement that tiny homes can have big personality.