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high ida tiny house

Project Type : Concept & Design & Detail Solutions
Typology : Residential
Location : Balıkesir, Turkey
Date : February, 2020
Vernacular architecture arises from the cultural values and customs of a community, and is typically constructed by local builders who draw upon their knowledge and traditions. The Mount Ida region of Balıkesir, Turkey, currently faces challenges in maintaining its vernacular housing due to a scarcity of resources in rural areas. Nevertheless, efforts are underway to revive traditional construction techniques, such as the use of stem walls to prevent moisture infiltration, wood framing, and sloped roofs that optimize the region's moderate rainfall. These efforts are grounded in sustainable principles, including the use of eco-friendly technologies that can capture and repurpose polluted rainwater for use in the home's sanitary fixtures. Notably, this prototype has a minimal environmental footprint as it employs eco-friendly techniques like rainwater separation and reuse in sanitary facilities. While this housing prototype is not replicable in its entirety, the architectural methodology behind it can be adapted and applied in different contexts to meet the unique needs of each project.

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ground floor plan

1: bedroom/working area
2: closet

3: bathroom

4: sofa/living area

5: kitchen

6: dining area

7: storage area

8: water catchment area

9: terrace

side façade


The design of the project features a central distribution of basic household architectural planning, with all areas connected through a perimeter corridor that facilitates seamless flow and optimal functionality within the house. The furniture in the house, including the bed and dining table, is hinged, providing comfort and versatility to the spaces.
The stem walls are constructed using stone masonry, which is optimal in the earthquake-prone region of the city. These walls serve the dual purpose of preventing humidity and receiving the load of the gabion walls filled with wood trunks, creating an unconventional and aesthetically appealing façade design. Additionally, they provide optimal thermal insulation for low temperatures. The inner walls are covered with pine veneer plywood to prevent wind infiltration, while the central walls are built using wood frames that allow for easy modulation of the areas.
The sloped roofs are structured using assembled pinewood trusses, with the steep incline of the steel deck providing proper height and good ventilation. The rainwater from the roofs is collected through a gutter system that leads to the water collection system located in the store room.
Overall, the design combines traditional construction techniques with modern architectural principles to create a functional and sustainable housing prototype.


The incline of the gutter directs water towards the internal house water catchment system.

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