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Biophilic Tiny House: 19 Undergraduates Taught

Biophilic Tiny House

Small spaces + Biophilic Design + Architecture + Industrial Design

Final rendering created by team Sun Chaser, student group: Advait Kalakkad, Tiffany Kang, Qyu-Ri Kim, Kim Jin, Jasmine Gutbrod, Matt Donahue, Angelica Carvajales, Tiarra Bell, Izabela Clarke

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

                         

Final rendering created by team Cubix, student group: Theo Golstein, Carter Green, Ruby Booz, Alyssa Gerasimoff, Wei Zhang, Shikhar Tyagi, Tarelle Parker, Jae Yoon Myung, Marcus Peabody, Catherine Park

Final rendering of Cubix                                                                                            Credit: Shikhar Tyagi

Final rendering of kitchen concept, students: Alyssa Gerasimoff, Carter Green, Wei Zhang, Izabela Clarke

Final rendering of bathroom concept, students: Jasmine Gutbrod, Marcus Peabody, Tiarra Bell, Jae Yoon Myung, Qyu-Ri Kim

Final full scale model, students: Alyssa Gerasimoff, Carter Green, Wei Zhang, Izabela Clarke

Final full scale cardboard model of Sun Chaser, student group: Advait Kalakkad, Tiffany Kang, Qyu-Ri Kim, Kim Jin, Jasmine Gutbrod, Matt Donahue, Angelica Carvajales, Tiarra Bell, Izabela Clarke

Final full scale cardboard model of Sun Chaser, student group: Advait Kalakkad, Tiffany Kang, Qyu-Ri Kim, Kim Jin, Jasmine Gutbrod, Matt Donahue, Angelica Carvajales, Tiarra Bell, Izabela Clarke

Final full scale cardboard model of Cubix, student group: Theo Golstein, Carter Green, Ruby Booz, Alyssa Gerasimoff, Wei Zhang, Shikhar Tyagi, Tarelle Parker, Jae Yoon Myung, Marcus Peabody, Catherine Park