The Center for Architecture Sarasota launched its Tiny House Competition last fall, challenging Florida American Institute of Architects professionals and students to promote “small, flexible, affordable and sustainable alternatives to traditional housing,” using the principles of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Contestants could design for mobile, shipping container or build-in-place structures. Sustainable design and materials were encouraged, and every design needed to use renewable energy sources for a carbon neutral structure.

The winning designs are ingenious, modern and affordable. Most winners told us that these tiniest of houses are not meant to be permanent homes. Instead, with the pandemic front and center on everyone’s minds, including architects’, many of the winning designs were created as safe travel getaways or as shelter for emergency and frontline workers.

You can view the winning designs at the Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S. Orange Ave., April 29-June 17.

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