Biophilic Tiny House
Small spaces + Biophilic Design + Architecture + Industrial Design
Skills utilized: Lecturing, model-making, historical precedent research, curriculum planning
Biophilic Tiny House: Adjunct Faculty, Wintersession 2017
In this course, students designed and built full scale cardboard models of a tiny house that is 150 square feet using the principles of biophilic design and human factors. The course placed an emphasis on the interior space and an exploration of the connection and placement of objects that create a unified habitable space. The objects and furniture must be able to store flat, move, transform, or serve multiple functions. Biophilic Tiny House was designed as a course that primarily investigated the relationship between architecture and industrial design. We studied famous architects who also practiced industrial design as well as industrial designers who practiced architecture. Architectural projects that relied on systems or prefabrication were studied as well. Equally, students were introduced to the field of biophilic design and responsible for considering its role in their designs.
Prior to building a final tiny house prototype, students completed precedent studies of previous projects or topics of their choosing related to the course. As a pre-cursor to the tiny house prototype, students built full scale cardboard prototypes of bathrooms and kitchens. Throughout the course, students were also introduced to design fiction as a tool and basic building techniques for prototyping.
Bathroom & Kitchen Assignment
Students were provided with the minimum basic requirements for building a bathroom or kitchen (two teams each):
Bathroom: Bathing type station, fan, light and toilet fixture
Kitchen: Sink, minimum of 30 cubic feet (volume), refrigeration source (no size req.), heating source