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The Tiny House Competition

United States Architecture News - Sep 23, 2021 - 09:58   1931 views

The Tiny House Competition

A “home” is a space that is intimate to all. Apart from being our safe haven, a home goes beyond its everyday function of being a shelter for its users and their activities; it connects with each of us on an emotional and personal level. As time evolves, the definition of “home” also keeps changing. The 21st century witnessed concepts like Airbnb, Co-Living, Smart Homes, Tiny Homes, etc. gaining popularity with both young and older generations alike sparking movements across the globe. Our Humble Adobe has witnessed transformations with rapid advancements in technology, the rise of efficient spaces, environmental and financial concerns, and growing needs & desires of the people living in them. Homes today are versatile entities – doubling up as offices, play areas, work-out zones, spaces for interaction and recreation, as also being an abode for our furry friends and providing for their needs.


Over the past two years, most of the world's population has retreated to their homes for the majority so as to survive and embrace a more resourceful means of living. This scenario has presented designers with a unique opportunity to redefine the idea of a “Home”. The inclination of the users to follow simpler and efficient ways of living, coupled with rapid development in technology and materials, has paved the way for a great opportunity to create a versatile and innovative personal space. The Tiny House Movement celebrates the concept of simple, yet resourceful living. The homes can be designed to re-imagine sustainability through the innovation of maximum usable space in a minimum footprint.

Less House More Home


Participants are to design a Tiny House for 2 people that would provide a comfortable living accommodation. The design and concept of the house should be innovative, creative and sustainable. The relation between the house’s interiors and exterior surroundings should be taken into consideration. The proposed solution should be based on a strong concept. The area of the house must not exceed 250 sq. ft. Adaptability is a vital aspect for all the designs. The house should respond to the ever-changing needs of its users and the site context it sits in. The designed solution may not be limited to a site, but it can be designed as a versatile module or to be mobile. The participants would be needed to provide a justification for the same. The interior spaces should include: Living Area | Sleeping Area for 2 | Cooking and Dining Area | Toilet | Workspace | Any other aspect the participant wishes to add. Client interaction is one of the crucial factors of the design solution. For this competition, participants may assume the client to be 2 individuals, a couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept. The designed spaces should relate to their users.

Site Selection:

The participants are free to select a site with respect to their design proposals. It can be anywhere across the world and can be based in an urban or rural area. Based on the site the design can be well integrated with the context. The selected site must strongly justify the design proposal.


Prizes of total USD 10000, broken as follows. 

1st prize USD 5000 + Certificate + Publication 

2nd prize USD 2500 + Certificate + Publication 

3rd prize USD 1500 + Certificate + Publication 

1ST Special Mention USD 500
2nd Special Mention USD 500


Early Bird Registration: 4th September 2021 to 28th October 2021 

Standard Registration: 29th October 2021 to 3rd December 2021

Late Registration: 4th December 2021 to 17th December 2021 

Last Day for Queries: 15th December 2021

Closing Date for Submission: 18th December 2021

Announcement of Winners: 18th February 2022

Fees for Early Bird Registrations: USD 75+ 18% Tax (per team)

Fees for Regular Registrations:

Closing Date for Submission: 18th December 2021

Announcement of Winners: 18th February 2022

USD 90+ 18% Tax (per team)

Fees for Regular Registrations: USD 110 + 18% Tax (per team)


The Tiny House 2021 - Competition is open to all. We invite architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Read more about the competition on the website

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