Clover HouseTop 50 Selected Award
The Tiny House Competition 2021
Design Team | Eujean Cheong
The typical modern glass house situated in the remote and wilderness, celebrates the concept of privacy and openness through the programmatic divide of the shell and hearth. The shell is a blank canvas of glass allowing one to view out and to be connected with nature and the surrounding environment. The hearth contains the utilities and mechanical programs such as the bathroom and kitchen. The Clover House reimagines the traditional glass box and starts to manipulate the shell; extracting the shell into its major programs of living, working, sleeping, cleaning, and dining. The programs are pushed out and separated allowing for more diversity between the spaces that are usually hard to distinguish between in houses with such small footprints. Similar to the form of petals found in a clover, the exterior facade undulates going in and out, creating concave and convex moments. This unclear delineation between the outside and inside gives the user opportunities to organize the interior and semi-outdoor spaces to their preference. In its default case, growing plants containing flowers, fruits, and vegetables can be harvested in the threshold creating beauty for its user, while being a natural barrier for privacy and shelter. The Clover House seeks to be a self-sustaining home reinforcing the brief that allows for a thoughtful and conscience architecture that can take advantage of practices of carbon farming, urban farming, clean and breathable living, and environmental sourced materials such as recycled wood found in all the storage, cabinetry, and roof canopy.