Tiny Home Community Competition

CompanyRIZA3architects
Lead DesignerMaria Christoulia
Design Team Stratis Skopelitis Alexandros Valsamidis
PrizeArchitectural Design / Social Housing

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING In 2015, there was an international open call to architects. A committee of architects – members of A.I.A. North Carolina – created a new role, called DESIGN ACTIVISM, seeking to address social issues, through public dialogue and architecture. Activate 14’s Tiny Home Community Competition’s 2015 brief is addressing the problem of homelessness, through a new perspective. Their program, suggests a new community, to be placed on leftover city land, within an average neighborhood. Homeless people living in a residential area as individuals – not institutionalized. This community is meant to remind its residents, how to cooperate. Communal responsibilities, in lieu of rent. A preparation stage for a potential work environment. Promoting the individuality of its residents, creating a sense of importance and home, encouraging them, to mingle with the locals. It is an EXPERIMENT that if it succeeds, it can be repeated; if not, the homes can be moved and integrated elsewhere. A low cost sustainable housing system, based on prefabrication, programming, and downsizing of the living space. A call, to the right to adequate housing and adequate standard of living. Our Honor Awarded proposal (ID168) organizes dynamic balancing systems, creating a structure: • Flexible, transformable, portable and yet rigid enough to give its residents a sense of importance and home. - Programming • Prefabricated, but none the less, able to blend in with the surrounding environment - Integration • Low-cost, sustainable, contemporary, adequate houses. -Mass production Design Synthesis based, on a modular program, which follows the harmonic scaling of preset absolute sizes and orders of articulation, of prefabricated structural elements. Different types of houses, even tiny ones (detached, semidetached or attached) are modulated, in order to form communities and accommodate individuals, in larger scale residential plans. MODULARITY Appropriate use of technology, common means of construction and use of local materials.