Award-winning Tiny Home Designs

by | Aug 28, 2022 | Architecture, Featured Articles - Home Page

While extravagant, vast houses may have previously set the bar for aspirational luxury, the tiny house movement has proven that size doesn’t necessarily matter. With no sacrifice to aesthetics, functionality and wellness, residing in these smaller spaces means maximizing resources all the while limiting the ecological impact of built environments.

Thanks to strategic designs and inspirational settings, living big in a tiny home is no longer an impossible aspiration. Take inspiration from these six award-winning tiny home designs in LIV Hospitality Awards of 2021.

  1. The Hut by 23o5 Studio. The Hut – A seamless architectural translation of the vernacular Vietnam home that captures the perfect relationship between man and nature.

Situated in Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh City just away from the hustles and bustles of city life, the Hut is designed to provide young couples the much needed quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Combining the seamless narrative of the traditional Vietnamese dwelling and modern architecture, the design allows light, space and living things integrate harmoniously in the built environment.

Like the traditional Vietnamese homes, natural light and ventilation is an integral theme. The ceiling opening reaches to the outdoors bringing in an ethereal atmosphere. Integrating the angled structure of walls allows one’s visual enjoyment of the changes of the lights and shadow as the sun moves along the home.

Freedom – Blurring away the division between the outdoor nature and interior space. The captivating experience starts as one travels toward the entryway greeted with a garden frontage. At view are iron shelves defining the living area and porch areas but without shutting off the natural ventilation, light and vistas. The result is a continuous and connected space.

Utilizing natural light and vegetation the kitchen is defined with an arm’s length of fresh vegetables for cooking. The garden provides the perfect space to capture natural ventilation and vent through the entire home.

Flowing through, the bedroom is situated at the tip of edge of the house. Inspired from its vernacular roots, the double door casement window with louvered panels opens up to a pocket garden. Framed in time the gorgeous view continues to connects the indoor and outdoor spaces.


An architectural firm called 23o5studio is based in Vietnam’s HCMC. With a variety of projects, 23o5studio carefully creates engaging, cozy, and individualized user experiences. 23o5studio consistently pays attention to and incorporates recognizable characteristics of regional architecture while creating new architectural works. A greater connection between people and nature—and with themselves—is created in architectural environments by the philosophy that encourages quiet and tranquility.

2. Tiny Club House

Inspired by the image of flickering campfire wood, the Tiny Club House located in Da Lat; Vietnam, addresses the real needs of the space while keeping in context with the location. The design concept thus transpires into a symbol that designing with respect to the context can bring profound human values in the age of modern architecture and construction.

The majority of the site’s other buildings are low-rise colonial structures and flower nurseries. The problem is that there hasn’t yet been a distinctive, iconic structure in the neighborhood. This borne the design solution of having the Tiny Club House higher than the rest of the surrounding buildings. With the height and beautifully lit structure it isn’t hard to miss even during the night time. The two-level space, also satisfies the need for a sleeping quarter for the manager at the upper level. Like many tiny home designs, the advantage of limited spaces is it brings better communication between people and the spirit of togetherness. The ground level serves as a space for community activities, camping, talking and sharing, connection between people and nature.

3. A House within Thirteen Steps

As interesting as it’s project title, this tiny home it utilizes the diagonal space where three room are connected diagonally which gives the sequence of rooms more space whether used separately or when combined. The diagonal configuration at the same time frees up more space and transforming the limited space into a flexible and efficient residence for five people from three generations.

Taking design strategies from Jade and Exquisite Study a visiting spot in the Surging Waves Pavilion in Suzhou, the tiny home of 34 square meters utilizes visual perception. For instance, the living room, entrance hall and the kitchen sight distance are extended from 3.5 meters to 7.4 meters.

By combining the narrow areas, the horizontal distance is extended maximizing the available space, the design was able to fit a living room, two kitchens, game area, two bedrooms and a singing hall. Other than combining areas with the diagonal configuration, depth perception is extended through having the exposed beams covered with wood skin harmoniously with wardrobes in the grand’s room.

In Shanghai, there is a severe housing shortage. A family of five can barely fit in this ancient flat, which is smaller than 34 square meters in size. This family deserves to have a complete life free from bitterness in child rearing, just like the thousands of other suffering regular families in Shanghai. This example of home makeover among hundreds of homes creates a lyrical Garden of Eden in the busy world. Truly an architectural design that makes it possible for living big in a tiny house. 

4. House in Minohshinmachi

A modern take of your ranch-style house, the one-storey home for a young couple is set among the gorgeous mountains in Minoh city, Osaka Japan. While there is the fast development in the area, you could still spot deer walking on the streets. The architecture aims to highlight this man’s harmonious coexistence with the rich natural surroundings while showcasing local character that is lacking in most of the surrounding houses.

Situated in the northern hill of the city, the structure with deep eaves and concrete walls in maze-like design provides privacy and protection from the elements. While it strategically provides the needed obscurity from specific sections of the building the translucent and open skylight vaguely provides a boundary between the exterior and interior spaces.

With deep eaves, the gabled roof is structured with a low profile to keep harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

The project was built with a relatively small construction budget utilizing typical timber building techniques. The wooden pillars are 105 mm square and made of common structural metals. To guarantee strong seismic performance and drastically shorten the building duration, a straightforward symmetrical frame structure with columns placed one pitch apart, a single longitudinal climbing beam inside and outside, and rafters with narrowing ends is employed.

5. Stokkøy Food Studio

From catch through cooking and serving – From an old, rundown boathouse rebuilt to a small yet impressive home on stilts, the Stokkøy Food Studio in Åfjord, Norway offers customers a unique experience among the breathtaking seaside. You can rent the boathouse and enjoy the scenic seafront of Stokkya together with a chef.

While creating a modern boathouse, the design stays with the Norwegian coastal building tradition of building boathouse while integrating modern architectural features.

The sea-oriented front opens up in big windowpanes, filling the inside with light and providing a breathtaking perspective of the sea, while the other facades are kept basic. One enters at a half level, observing the openly arranged sleeping plateaus hung from the roof below and the living areas below. The kitchen has direct access to the pier outside and is visible from the sitting and dining spaces.

Using the previous boathouse’s features as a model provided the project a neat, classically styled appearance. The interior’s design was influenced by the preservation concept, which encouraged imagination and free thought.

The modern boathouse was designed for social and culinary functions, while adhering to Norwegian coastal building tradition. The original size, shape and docking scheme of the old boathouse were retained. Its wooden construction was recreated using bound timber, with junctions’ precision cut by CNC, and assembled using only dowels.

6. Aurora Lodge

Like the mesmerizing northern lights, Aurora Lodge located in the remote Lyngen Alps functions as a part private retreat and a tiny lodge. With such enamoring site, the design aims to respect the natural setting. The tiny home’s reverence to the space starts by having the structure built along the terrain rather than going against the plateau. While the building’s high ceilings and unbroken glass walls opens up the sky and outside scenery within.

The outdoor scenery from the bedroom is simply amazing with a rather simple architectural concept of opening the space with large windows and

The simple A-frame construction resembles a basic shelter; however, this one is set back from the coast so that the roof lines up with the landscape there, offering solitude on one side and expansive vistas on the other. The main apartment has two lofted bedrooms with a huge, common bath, three bedrooms with private, en-suite bathrooms, and a totally autonomous communal living area. The main kitchen and eating area are located in the northernmost apartment, which was built to resemble a “winter garden” observatory and offers stunning views of both the nearby terrain at your feet and the far horizon.

A second annex/suite follows the same architectural philosophy as the main home and is accessible from the walkway. The sauna is located in a separate structure across the stream, with its interior completely devoted to views of the ocean, the Northern Lights, or the setting sun.