jay tsai + ryszard rychlicki redefine compact living in chicago

jay tsai + ryszard rychlicki redefine compact living in chicago


amsterdam-based architects jay tsai and ryszard rychlicki reveal their latest project, ‘tiny homes’, in an effort to promote resource-friendly and compact living in chicagothough the housing modules stand alongside each other, the character of the design ultimately preserves its individuality. 

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perspective rendering on south vernon avenue



shortlisted for the future projects awardtsai and rychlicki’s ‘tiny homes’ encourages communal living without compromising one’s privacy. each unit, with a gross floor area of  only 288 sqft, leans on its neighbor to create intimate joint patios which contribute an additional 144 sqft. moreover, a diagonal entry though the cluster of homes opens up the site and reveals a larger shared area that can host a multitude of activities.

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ample light exposure from all angles of the modules



as an alternative to traditional windows, the architects incorporate translucent polycarbonate to hug the plywood structure. openings are cut through the plywood at varying dimensions, depending on the program it serves. in the daytime, the polycarbonate panels absorb ample light into the home while emitting a welcoming glow on the exterior. to maximize light exposure, all roofs face north, south or both, thereby adding character to each unit.

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interior rendering of the community space

jay tsai ryszard rychlicki tiny homes designboom
arial view of the site plan

 jay tsai ryszard rychlicki tiny homes designboom


jay tsai x ryszard rychlicki masterplan including central community space

jay tsai ryszard rychlicki tiny homes designboom
overview of the site plan

jay tsai ryszard rychlicki tiny homes designboom


sectional view

typical plan of a module 

jay tsai + ryszard rychlicki redefine compact living in chicago
illustration including dimension  


jay tsai + ryszard rychlicki redefine compact living in chicago
module build up


different variation of the module 



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edited by: lynn chaya | designboom

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