Tiny House Rise Up

The concept of Tiny House Rise Up is to create a liberating feeling on a small surface. Live and let live; keep as much earth as possible available for everyone, with only a small footprint for private use. The use of materials and layout of the tower creates a people-oriented architecture in which people feel pleasant and comfortable. The building and the rooms will inspire residents and visitors.


Concept Tiny House


35 m2 BVO


Arthur Nuss, Tomáš Beránek, Ivo Oosterbaan
and Yousef Morsy

To achieve affordable construction, buildings in the cities are heightened. With the idea of using as little surface as possible in mind, a shipping container is put on its side. This creates a tower of 12 meters high with a surface of only 6.5 m². A shipping container is transportable by road and can be adapted to the wishes of the residents. The façade will be placed on the outside and is therefore also adjustable, independent of the container. The ground floor around the container is empty and will remain public. The public space can be used by the district as a playground, a communal garden or an open space. The outdoor area of the house is located on the first floor, in the form of a fold-out terrace. On the rooftop, next to the vegetable garden, there will be room to sit and enjoy the view and the feeling of freedom.


RiseUP will be built from recycled / reusable materials using the ideas of circular economy and sustainability. The high-quality reuse of products and components has an economic and social potential. In a linear economy they end up on the landfill at the end of their life cycle, while they should be given the same or even an improved function after use. A circular economy focuses on the value of (raw) materials and products, limiting the risk of scarcity. This process, the so-called “Urban Mining” in which we re-use these materials in a building environment, is no more expensive, nor does it take longer. It is also a lot more fun and much more sustainable. It is even possible for the supplier of the used materials to remain the owner, taking back those materials after use. The use of these materials makes the benefits of a sustainable circular economy, in which waste does not exist, visible to a broader public.

Sustainable building

As previously mentioned, energy will be generated on the rooftop. On one side of the container doors solar cells will be placed, on the other side a solar collector. They are aimed towards the south and combined with the height of the building this ensures maximum generation. There is also a small vegetable garden on the roof, for the energy supply in the form of food. In addition, the green roof also provides cooling and insulation. The shape of the building and the connection of the rooms creates a chimney effect. The wood-fired cooker provides heat and is located on the bottom floor. By opening/closing rooms it is possible to distribute the heat throughout the house. In the summer, the shapes ensure that the house can be easily cooled by opening the roof top hatch as well as a door on the ground floor and thus pulling the coolness into the house.