Circular Tiny House Coburg

Student guest house at the design campus of Coburg University of Applied Sciences


Ort:Coburg Fertigstellung:2022 Bauweise:Wooden load bearing structure, the straw bale walls are placed inside the structure without much interruption Entwurf & Planung:Til-Oliver Frank, Christopher Nguyen, Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirth Zimmerer:Self-construction(by architecture students of Coburg University of Applied Sciences) Lehm & Kalkputze:clay plaster Besichtigung:Nein Pressebilder:Nein
Wohnnutzfläche:20m2 U-Wert (Wand):W/m2K U-Wert (Dach):W/m2K Kategorien: Projects Spain,

The Circular Tiny House is a project of the architecture department of the University of applied Sciences Coburg and was implemented to show solutions for the growing negative impact of architecture on our environment. Architecture students designed and built a tiny (guest) house for the campus as a wood and straw-bale construction without CO2-emitting building materials and mineral binders almost exclusively from renewable materials (ground screw foundations, clay plaster, regional wood). The windows were mostly salvaged from a nearby demolition site. The CTH will work autonomously in terms of energy and will cover its energy requirements by utilizing twelve photovoltaic panels covering the roof, charging a 9,6 kWh battery during its yearly period of use from March to December. The quality of the design and the cost-effective construction methods will be verified and monitored using this 1:1 scale model which was built in the short periode from September 2021 to March 2022.

About the author

Rikki Nitzkin

Rikki Jennifer Nitzkin made her first Paja house (with no corikkinstructive experience) in 2002. This house is still her refuge and beloved home. In 2006, after several years of furthering her construction training, she began teaching courses in Straw Building and Clay Plastering. Since then she has given dozens of workshops and participated in many construction sites.

She is founder and trainer of Taller Con Co, Coordinator of the Building with Straw Network since 2005, member of the Board of ESBA (European Straw Building Network), and member of GSBN (the Global Straw Building Network).

Since 2006 he has been involved in training in strawbale construction, as well as providing on-site assistance and advice to architects, builders and self-builders.

After more than 10 years as a trainer, and being in constant communication with builders all over the world, she is up to date with all the new developments and techniques of strawbale construction in use today.

She has published the book "Building with Straw: a guide for self-builders" together with Maren Termens (Ed. Ecohabitar; 1st edition 2010, 2nd edition 2016).

Her greatest passion is to get people to learn how to "build their dreams" as well as beautiful, healthy and durable homes. Her philosophy: Build with Conscience, Heart and Cooperation.