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#Tinyhouses Netherlands. Winning designs & great concepts.

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by: Hans van der Broek
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Tiny-A offers smart living under seven meters high roof (Netherlands)

The first permanent houses on the grounds of Bouwexpo Tiny Housing in Almere were officially delivered last month. This includes the sustainable and 'all-electric' Tiny-A from DaF architects.

The Tiny-A is one of the winning concepts in the idea competition ‘Bevrijd Wonen’,  that organized the municipality of Almere in 2016. The mini house of DaF-architects offers a gross living area of ​​50 m2, divided over the ground floor (40 m2) and a mezzanine (10 m2). However, the interior is spatial, thanks to the free height under the roof of seven meters.
2 #Tinyhouses with 10 people in front. 2 People handing over a key
The 'Tiny-A' and the 'Slim Fit' #Tinyhouses in Almere (Netherlands). Foto: Adrienne Norman


A large piece of furniture organizes the interior. The furniture combines kitchen, sanitary space, stairs and the cupboard wall that also serves as space separation. There is a room above the kitchen and bathroom where you can sleep or work. The space is more or less protected by the wall of the cupboard.
The wooden interior of the Tiny-A #Tinyhouse
The interior (groundfloor) of the #Tinyhouse Tiny-A. Photo: DaF-architecten

In the front is the living space, which stretches to the ridge. The floor-high glass facade allows plenty of natural light and offers a view of the garden. Ideally Tiny Houses are free in the middle of nature, but in Almere the lots are up to 100 m2.
"That's why the Tiny-A is closed on two sides so that it can be placed on the edge of the lot", says Daan Bakker of DaF-architects. "That way a maximum garden extends for you and you maintain privacy in relation to the neighbors."

Cheapest construction element

Although Tiny Houses have a small footprint, construction costs are relatively high. The architectural firm has limited the costs as much as possible by taking the cheapest building element as a basis: the roof. The longest roof element that was available has determined the height of the Tiny-A.
The roof is anchored to the foundation: a concrete slab on four piles of 10 meters. The superstructure is realized from fully sustainable wood: maintenance-free, cooked native wood for the facade and for the roof plywood in combination with heavily galvanized corrugated sheets. The interior is equipped with a rubber project floor.

Integral design

"The house has been designed entirely by us", says Bakker. "As far as sustainability is concerned, we wanted to go 'all the way', so the house is energy-neutral on an annual basis. It is all-electric, is powered by fifteen high-efficiency solar panels on the roof and is full of technical innovations."
Ineterior Tiny-A witch window and couche
Drawing of the interior of the Tiny-A and solar panels on the roof.                               Groundfloor Tiny-A. Photo: DaF-architecten

The mini-apartment is equipped with infrared floor heating, a CO2 and H2O controlled WTW unit and an E-shower with coupled boiling water tap. "The high-tech E-shower - with weather forecast and music streaming - uses only 1.5 liters of water per minute; that is provided by a tap with boiling water ", explains Bakker.

The technical gadgets, as well as other parts of the Tiny-A, have been developed by the architectural firm in collaboration with a number of manufacturers. This has partly been a solution for the financing of the house.

In the market

Architects who won the competition in 2016 were given the opportunity by the municipality to realize their concept. To this end, they were able to buy a lot on the premises of Bouwexpo Tiny Housing, in which they immediately signed for the actual construction of their Tiny House. "We developed it as a prototype together with producers and now offer the Tiny-A ready-made, including construction, interior, finish and building permit. Or as a hull, "says Bakker.

"In Almere Oosterwold we now develop a neighborhood of twelve Tiny Houses," he says. "We offer three types. Besides the Tiny-A, this is the microwoning Slim Fit from ANAROCHA Architects and the Dometastic from Mustafa Anbar. "The Slim Fit was also delivered last month at the BouwExpo Tiny Housing.

The Micro House: 'Slim Fit'.

The tall, slim Slim Fit built as a permanent, detached house, with a clear view.

The Slim Fit can be realized freestanding, but also switched or between existing buildings. The simple and open floor plans enable various facade organizations. With its compact footprint, the concept lends itself extremely well to the compacting of spacious urban areas or the filling of inner areas.
The wooden Slim Fit at sunset
The Slim Fit #Tinyhouse. Photo Christiane Wirth


The microwoning is characterized by large window sizes and a full height of the rooms on each of the three floors. As a result, the resident experiences the Slim Fit as compact and at the same time light and spacious, according to architect Ana Rocha.
The free-standing variant in Almere Poort has carefully positioned openings on all sides. They contribute to a maximum utilization of light and natural heating and cooling.
The content organization is based on a basic living function per floor: cooking and eating on the ground floor at the garden, living and relaxing on the first floor, sleeping and taking care of on the second floor. The three layers are connected by a continuous cupboard integrated into the stairs.

Wood frame and interior

The wooden interior and kitchen with window of the Slim Fit #Tinyhouse
he wooden kitchen of the #Tinyhouse; 'Slim Fit'. Photo Christiane Wirth

To keep the walls as slender as possible, the house was built with a wooden frame. The inside is finished with birch wood, the outer wall with ayous wood. Timber frame construction was also chosen because of the durable qualities and the speed - within two days - with which the construction could be built.
The wooden Slim Fit #Tinyhouse interior with window
Part of the 'Slim Fit'#Tinyhouse interior and view. Photo Christiane Wirth

It often turns out that custom-made and expensive components are necessary for tiny houses, due to lack of space, says Rocha. With Slim Fit, kitchen units, sanitary ware and individual furniture have standard dimensions. The vertical connection has also been solved with a standard pinewood staircase, according to the architect.
Other interior elements, such as the (book) shelves combined with the staircase and the sliding panels for closing rooms, are made of birch plywood.


The sliding panels prevent drafts and temperature loss. The placement of smaller turn windows against each other ensures natural ventilation and cooling of the slender house. The large glass surfaces are oriented towards the sun, with which the shallow spaces can largely be heated naturally. The roof is provided with a white, heat-resistant foil.
"Slim Fit proves that spatial and identity-based living is also possible within a minimal footprint," says Rocha.

In use

The winners of the design competition were able to realize their entry - and of course they wanted all - by buying the lot. This also required them to actually build their Tiny House. But how to pay for that? Rocha has offered her (unfinished) house for sale through a broker.
"Within a few days it was sold to Elements Interactive from Almere," says Rocha. "The company bought the lot and became my client. Elements Interactive also has a branch in Barcelona and if there are now colleagues from Spain for a few weeks in the Netherlands, they have a temporary home. The Slim Fit therefore has a resident."

By Robert Muis, Architectenweb. Cover Photo DaF-architecten

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Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
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