09/01 Five Things Architecture Can Learn from the Tiny House Movement

Tammy Strobel's tiny house

Tammy Strobel’s tiny house

Skipping over #1, sharing 2 & 3:

2. Capitalize on vertical space

One of the great successes of many tiny house designs is the uncanny feeling of airiness of the interior despite the lack of actual space. Unlike traditional home designs, tiny houses often opt for a single full-height space punctuated by subtle privacy partitions for sleeping quarters and utilities.

Translating this feature into larger homes could mean a more open plan, more daylight, and better ventilation, among other benefits. To preserve the intimacy of vertical space for tiny houses in traditional contexts, architects should examine the nuanced qualities of carefully crafted verticality. Modesty is crucial to the inclusion of vertical space: designers must be cautious to avoid the dangers of soaring space for vanity’s sake.

3. Mixed-use spaces are the only spaces

As many city dwellers know, when space is at a premium functions will inevitably be combined. Everything in a tiny house is designed for multi-use: living room-turned-dining room-turned office is the name of the game. Rarely will an office and bedroom be used simultaneously by a single person, eliminating the need for two separate spaces, so the elimination of single-function spaces is an idea which can be applied far beyond the dictates of tiny houses.

Read more at http://www.archdaily.com/772637/5-things-architecture-can-learn-from-the-tiny-house-movement

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Elaine Walker