Call for Ideas: Tiny House 2020 Architecture Competition

Call for Ideas: Tiny House 2020 Architecture Competition

Home is a space that is intimate to all of us. A home goes beyond its everyday function of being a physical shelter for people and their activities; a home connects with its users at a personal and emotional level.

Our humble abodes are being redefined with every passing day. The world is changing constantly, and along with it, our homes are seeing us spend more time within them. The built form of a home is evolving rapidly; its design adapting to various other needs that were not limited to this space before. 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.


With the environmental and financial setbacks that we face today in the dawn of a new pandemic age, the desire to have more freedom has led people to follow simpler and efficient ways of living. Today, the home has become our shield – protecting its inhabitants from a virus, while providing them with the basic necessities for survival. Now with everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, this scenario has presented designers with an opportunity to redefine the idea of “home”. The inclination of the users to follow simpler and efficient ways of living, coupled with a rapid development in technology and materials, there is a great opportunity to create a versatile and innovative personal space.

The Tiny House Movement, once again, 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.

Living Small, Yet Living It All!


The design of the Tiny House should be innovative and creative, with a sustainable edge. The relation between the exterior surroundings and interior spaces must be taken into consideration. The proposed design should be well-conceptualized.

The area of the proposed Tiny House should not exceed 300 sq. ft. Mobility being a vital factor, the house need not be self-mobile, but should be treated as an extension that can be towed easily by a car or pickup truck.

However, the participants can avoid the issue of mobility altogether by providing a strong justification for the same.

The Interior Spaces should include the following:
1. Living Area
2. Sleeping Area for 2
3. Cooking and Dining Area
4. Toilet space
5. Workspace
6. Recreation space
7. Any other function that the participant wishes to add to the Tiny House

Client Interaction is one of the critical components of the design proposal. For the purpose of this competition, entrants may assume an individual, couple, or a genre of people, based on the design concept.


  • Prizes of total USD 4000, broken down as follows:
  • 1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication
  • 2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication
  • 3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate + Publication
  • 10 Honorable mentions: Certificates
  • Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines.

To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive participation certificate.


  • Early Bird Registration: 14th August 2020 to 6th November 2020
  • Standard Registration: 7th November 2020 to 10th December 2020
  • Last Day for Queries: 25th November 2020
  • Closing Date for Submission: 18th December 2020
  • Announcement of Winners: 4th February 2021

Eligibility: Tiny House 2020 - Architecture 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.

  • Title

    Call for Ideas: Tiny House 2020 Architecture Competition
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    December 10, 2020 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    December 18, 2020 11:59 PM
  • Price

    Early Bird Registration: Participants from India - 1800+18% GST = INR 2124 (per team) Participants from Other Countries - 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team) Standard Registration: Participants from India - 2400 + 18% GST = INR 2800 (per team) Participants from Other Countries - 85+ 18% GST = USD 95 (per team)

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Call for Ideas: Tiny House 2020 Architecture Competition" 28 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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