About one year ago, sick on the couch, I decided to watch a documentary called Tiny. Tiny documented the journey of a man who built his very own tiny home, right here in Colorado. I had absolutely no idea what this phenomenon was. TINY? REALLY? A 150 square foot home? yeah. I don’t think so.
But I kept watching, it was intriguing. And then I found more shows, and more books, and more information about these tiny homes and suddenly…
I am in love.
I’m a big fan. The simplicity of it, the sustainability of it, the creativity behind it… I think tiny houses are smart! They can provide shelters for those who need one, they can be built with sustainable and local materials and they can help reduce our carbon footprint. They are also very easy to maintain- I mean… lets think about how quickly you could clean your 300 square foot house?? Yeah. Exactly.
Last quarter I took an Environmental and Sustainable Design course. The first half of the course looked into LEED and how one can become an accredited professional. The second half of the quarter, we got to design a tiny home.
This project was one of the first projects I finally felt proud of enough to share with others. We were given a building shell of 300 square feet (and 14 foot ceilings) and assigned a random city.
I got Hanoi, Vietnam.
I’ve never been there before so I did a lot of research to find what the local materials were and what resources I could use to build this home. My “client” was a massage therapist relocating her business and her life to Vietnam. My biggest challenge was finding space for her massage table within this tiny space.
My concept was Lotus; a design concept inspired by rebirth and transformation. Organic forms create a unique rhythm throughout the space emulating the nature of a lotus flower, the national flower of Vietnam. Lotus will provide a tranquil and functional space, using multi-use elements and neutral tones, bringing together the flexibility and stability the lotus flower commands.
I used local materials like bamboo, rubber and cement to create the structure and the flooring. The color pallet of neutral earthy tones provide a grounding and nurturing space to both live and work in. Clients will feel welcome and the owner will feel at home.
I produced all of my drawings and renderings in Revit. I have barely explored the world of Revit and taught myself a lot of the ins and outs with a little help from friends and professors. I find it easier to learn a program simply by throwing myself into it… which is why I chose to do my Tiny house in Revit.
Please feel free to comment! Below are my final presentation boards.