Looking for some inspiration for living small? Head to Center for Architecture Sarasota April 29 through June 12, where you’ll see the winners of CFAS’s “Less is More” Tiny House Competition. Launched last fall, the contest challenged Florida architects and architectural students to design tiny, affordable and sustainable alternatives to traditional housing, using the principles of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Architects from around the state entered, submitting designs for mobile homes, shipping containers and build-in place structures. The CFA chose six top winners, and you can see 3D models of the winning designs in the gallery.

A rendering of one of the tiny house competition winners.

A rendering of one of the tiny house competition winners.

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’ll need to pre-register since the gallery is only allowing 10 people at a time into the space for three showings a day. The gallery, at 265 S. Orange Ave., is open Thursday and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also view all the Tiny House competition winners in the March/April issue of Sarasota Magazine.

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