A new house from old materials

An easy-to-construct tiny house made from second-hand materials and shaped around the needs of its inhabitants.

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Architects:

MOR Studio

Area:

50m2

Year:

2021

Location:

Groningen, the Netherlands

 

 

Program:

Residential

Client:

Private home owners

How to do more with less?

The cost of renting or buying a house is ever increasing in the Netherlands.

In addition to that, more and more people are actively concerned about the current environmental and climate challenges. These facts have encouraged the development of alternative models of inhabitation, a prime example of which is the “tiny house” living.

This was also the case for our clients, who decided to build themselves, their own tiny house, by pre-fabricating some parts and using second-hand materials to keep the budget low while integrating long-term energy-saving solutions.

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The site is located on the northeast side of the Westpark in Groningen. The house’s footprint was limited by the Tiny House community to 50m2, while the total volume had to be less than 145m3.

The primary goal of the house design was to ensure that all desired facilities and activities of the inhabitants could be accommodated in a reduced space.

To do so, we started by defining the minimum dimensions required for each space and activity, designing the house from the inside, out.

How to fit all your daily activities within 50m2?

A house designed
for interactions

The house is organized around a central common space; the heart of interactions.

Each one of the functions is located in a separate module/volume. There are 3 modules in total, designed and dimensioned to be easily transported on-site, once they are prefabricated, by the owners, in a nearby warehouse.

Besides the practical reasons, this modularization allowed the creation of separate living zones, which interact with each other while ensuring privacy.

The entrance of the house is located on the north side, directly opening up to the central space, where a comfortable kitchen with an inviting dining table are welcoming dinners with friends, work, games and socialization. On the west side, a double-height volume hosts the more private and auxiliary functions, allowing for privacy and protecting the open terrace from the sun.

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Tiny but spacious

The central room has large openings towards the south, towards an open terrace, an extension of the living space, bringing abundant daylight in and creating a spacious indoor feeling. Continuous views in both axes blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, allowing the residents to connect to their surroundings. Sliding partition walls are used instead of fixed walls, to expand or divide the space, depending on the users’ activity, or time of the day. Besides, as much built-in storage as possible is provided, minimizing the need for added furniture and maximizing the open space.

One of the main reasons for the house owners to build their own
Tiny House, was to be more connected with nature and to reduce
their carbon footprint. To answer their wishes, and following our
net-positive strategies, we integrated several sustainable solutions:

 

Our 5 net-positive strategies implemented in the Tiny house:

Towards a net-positive house

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