The Rebel House - Floriade

TU Delft design competition Rebel House

Design question

Rebel House proposes a new way of living, which goes against all conventional and traditional methods we know today. Design a Rebel House that will inspire the visitors of the Floriade Expo to show this new way of thinking and living for the future!


  • The size of the house is max. 20 m2

  • The house must be suitable for 2 - 4 people

  • One must be able to eat, sleep, work, dream...

  • The house is 'off grid': fully self-sufficient

  • An important point of attention is the building process of the design: - where and how will it be assembled? - what is the lifespan? - how is it transported? Etc.

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Winners TU Delft Rebel House contest

1st Prize

The Squirm By Ava de Haan (Architecture student) & Kim Houweling (Architecture student)

This design is nothing like you usually come across. By thinking in themes, feelings and material, instead of the standard floorplan designs such as bathrooms and bedrooms etc. we designed the ultimate REBEL house. Every room has its own feeling and can be interpreted and experienced differently.

This holiday home is a break from the daily life, which is consumed by time, stress, and expectations. Knowing what is behind each door is completely normal but not in our design. It is completely off-grid, meaning it is self-sufficient. One room is a big water tank, which can be used to store excess water after heavy rain. The glass bricks contain solar panels, creating enough energy for a normal living. And the surplus in summer is stored in old car batteries for use in the winter. The title of our project comes from the organic shapes it has within. These spiderweb like shapes inside a simple cube illustrate the contrast of normal living in a life full of expectations in comparison to the rebel house which is playful, organic, and unpredictable. The fluctuating levels cause the visitors to crawl and climb through the structure. This will be made from recycled plastic molded into the structure parts. Very much like the chairs that are situated in this same room.

All new, all different, all REBEL!

3nd Prize

Situm Solis By Merle Baan (Architecture student) & Femke van Giessen (Architecture student)

This rebel house, a tiny house that goes against conventional building standards, has ‘flexibility’ as a main theme. This is shown in three elements. 

The building volume itself shows flexibility by rotating. The bigger cylinder rotates around the axis of the little one from east to south to west, in this way the house follows the sun. This leads us to the title, Situm Solis, which originates from the position of the sun. Efficient use of sunlight also has an important role in the design of the facade. The two layered facade can be opened and closed for the best sun orientation. The slats can be used as blinding against light but can also be used to improve the privacy. The third aspect of flexibility is visible in the interior. A bed can be moved up and down above the dining table and another one above the bathtub. This provides a compact floorplan with a luxurious feel.

3rd Prize

Bloom By Somer Abed (Mechanical Engineering student) & Ayu Koene (Mechanical Engineering student)

From flower bud to a blooming flower, our design provides a comfortable stay that you can easily store away and set up whenever you want. The foldability of the house allows you to store it during the winter months, which can elongate the lifespan of the holiday houses. Furthermore, it allows for easy transportation, so you can set it up and store it wherever you want. The house is off the grid and has a lightweight design which enables easy lifting and assembling.

When the house is completely set up and ready for the visitors it will look like a flower bud, but when it is time to store the house, it will fold down into the shape of a flower.