Call for Ideas: The Tiny House 2022 Architecture Competition

Submission: December 21, 2022
Registration: December 15, 2022
Language: English
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Volume Zero Architecture Competition invites each one of you to participate in our 19th edition of architecture competitions and the 3rd edition of Tiny House Architecture Competitions. This year’s Tiny House Architecture Competition aims to celebrate individuality, redefine sustainability and exalt simple, resourceful living. The Tiny House Movement is also a platform to explore the avenues of mobile living spaces and the freedom they would offer. Come be a part of this movement; join a new wave of habitat designers!

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, and spaces for interaction and recreation, transformative, multi-purpose, and evolving to adapt to us, not the other way around.

A Home is no longer just a place you live in but is a place that lives with you.


As needs evolve, house designs are evolving globally. Designing outside of the box has become increasingly important as land availability and economic feasibility decrease. It is imperative to utilize space efficiently and effectively.

Now with the effects of the pandemic and other factors in the recent years the home environment is more critical than ever. In addition to shelter, a home must serve as an office, a full-time kitchen, an entertainment area, and place for peace. Having one home act in all these roles is a challenge that designers have to cater to for a variety of spatial experiences.

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!


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 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:

• Living Area
• Toilet space
• Sleeping Area for 2
• Workspace
• Cooking and Dining Area
• Recreation space
• Any other function that the participant wishes to add to the habitat
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.


The participants can choose a site according to their design proposals. The location can be either urban or rural area anywhere across the world.
Design can be integrated well with the selected site. The selected site must strongly justify the design proposal.


Prizes of total USD 4500, broken as follows.
1st prize USD 2000 + Certificate + Publication
2nd prize USD 1200 + Certificate + Publication
3rd prize USD 800 + Certificate + Publication
Student Award: USD 500 + Certificates+ Publication
*This Award is reserved for the best student work for the competition apart from the first 3 winners

10 Honorable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero Competitions website and several international architecture and design magazines.

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


Early Bird Registration: 18th August 2022 to 21st October 2022
Standard Registration: 22nd October 2022 to 30th November 2022
Last Day for Queries: 25th November 2022
Closing Date for Submission: 2nd December 2022
Announcement of Winners: 3rd February 2023


Early Bird: 18th August 2022 to 21st October 2022
Participants from India – INR 1800 + 18% GST = INR 2124 (per team)
Participants from Other Countries – 70 + 18% GST = USD 82.6 (per team)

Standard: 22nd October 2022 to 30th November 2022
Participants from India – INR 2400 + 18% = INR 2832 (per team)
Participants from Other Countries – USD 85 + 18% =USD 100.3 (per team)


Tiny House 2022 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.

Volume Zero Architecture Competitions is an initiative by Volume Zero Design Magazine (volzero.com) with an aim to create an innovative platform for young architects, designers and enthusiasts to showcase their talent. This year we celebrate our 5th anniversary and on this occasion we would like to give each and every one a big THANK YOU for being a part of this platform and helping us host 18 successful editions of architecture competitions.


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