With its Tiny Home Community Ideas Competition, members of AIA North Carolina’s Activate14 committee reached out to the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. They then contacted designers around the world, asking them to design tiny houses for those who have no home at all.
From March through June, they received more than 160 ideas for a community of 12 such homes on a city-owned, downtown site. By comparison, 140 firms submitted qualifications to design the Obama Presidential Center in downtown Chicago.
The winner of the Activate14 competition was a small firm composed of three 30-somethings from Athens, Greece.
The winning entry by riza3architects is poised, graceful and well-proportioned. Its site plan is thoughtfully laid out, its common area designed to create a sense of community and its four clusters of three homes each organized for neighborliness. The little homes themselves are models of efficiency and purpose.
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