Tiny + Homes


Chicago, IL

WAN Future Projects Award: Shortlist

Tiny Homes Chicago Competition Entry


with Ryszard Rychlicki




- South Vernon Ave Livens Up -


The design for Tiny Homes in Chicago is economic in its use of space and resources, but does not compromise in its ability to promote an ambiance of empathy and togetherness. Similar to individuals living within a community, our housing modules are unique on their own, but ultimately, they are stronger together (a).











fig. ( a )




Tiny Homes infuses character and personality into a structure that can easily feel cheap in its effort to be “compact” or “efficient.”  Instead of traditional windows, translucent polycarbonate is used to hug the plywood structure. Openings are cut through the plywood, at varying dimensions, depending on the program it serves. During the day these polycarbonate panels absorb ample light into the home. The polycarbonate skin promotes privacy for the interior, while emitting a welcoming glow on the exterior.





Site Plan


- A Full House -

fig. ( b )






fig. ( c )



A diagonal entry though the cluster of homes opens up the site and reveals a larger communal area that can host a multitude of activities that can also be temporarily enclosed. This space is the hub for ten residential units (five per side) and two auxiliary spaces (one per side). Each unit, with only a gross floor area of 288 sqft, leans on its neighbor to create intimate communal patios which contribute an additional 144 sqft. Although all units are identical in floor plan, their precise location on the site affects the pitch of the roof (b). To maximize light, all roofs face north, south or both, thereby also adding character to each unit (c). 


- Communal Hangout -

Section AA

Section BB

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