Europe’s largest Tiny House Festival successfully brings supply and demand together
The NEW HOUSING – Tiny House Festival underlines the great interest in the Tiny House living trend. From 01. to 03. July 2022, around 7,000 Tiny House enthusiasts and thus significantly more than expected came together at Europe’s largest Tiny House Festival at Messe Karlsruhe to experience the diversity and range of small, alternative forms of living. In a Tiny House village of 25 small houses on the outdoor area of Messe Karlsruhe, they had the opportunity to network with each other and to inform and exchange information about life in the smallest space from manufacturers, suppliers, self-builders, clubs and associations. Food trucks and a bar also invited you to linger.
The NEW HOUSING – Tiny House Festival contributes outstandingly to the trend towards sustainable living and thus also acts as forward-looking here at the Karlsruhe location. As the organizer of the festival and at the same time as the initiator of the Tiny House Association, we bring the community together and set an example for clever developments in the topics of building and living, says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.
Project manager Frank Thieme adds: ” Tiny Houses create high-quality living space on a small area that is not suitable for classic residential buildings, for example because they are only temporarily available. The festival serves the trend of sustainable use of land to create living spaces and drives the development to a lower consumption of resources and the use of innovative building materials.”
Tiny Houses manufacturers met interested parties
At the outdoor area of Messe Karlsruhe, manufacturers were available for questions and passed on first-hand information to interested parties. Exhibitors from all over Germany were there, including market leaders as well as carpentry shops and start-ups, who have built up a second pillar with the construction of Tiny Houses.
Master carpenter Stephan Wöhltjen emphasized: “I am overwhelmed by the influx and a wide range of visitors. On the one hand, we meet visitors here who start from scratch. On the other hand, visitors who come here with a lot of prior knowledge, ask targeted questions and deepen their knowledge or go into professional exchange with us. It’s a very successful fair.” Stefan Diekmann, Managing Director of Heinz Diekmann GmbH and exhibitor from the very beginning, adds: “The development of the festival since 2018 is positive. We had many interested visitors. They inform themselves and then come to us in a few months when they find a suitable property and order a Tiny House.”
Interior designer Bianca Gärtner from Tiny House Wohnträume was there with her start-up for the first time in Karlsruhe and is very satisfied: “We have some interested parties and a visitor will already come from Wiesbaden to us in the East Frisian Leer in the coming weeks to have a Tiny House individually planned.”
Exhibitors from other European countries, including Latvia, Poland and Belgium, also presented themselves for the first time. Orhun Şimşek, Business Development Manager at the Turkish exhibitor Mooble House, says: “We are really happy to be here, because we believe that this is the most important and important trade fair for Tiny Houses in Europe. We have already participated as exhibitors at many other trade fairs, but this is where all companies and communities meet. It was really important for us to exhibit here, because we have now been able to get in touch with the end customers and received valuable feedback from them.”
New in 2022, there was also an information mile in the entrance area of the fair with a variety of consulting services for future Tiny House residents as well as suppliers and outfitters. There, among other things, regional Tiny House clubs and the Tiny House Association present their work and actively supported questions. Regina Schleyer, CEO of the Tiny House Association, which structurally represents over 2,000 members in the German-speaking world, says: “The number of visitors is really overwhelming. The interest is very high, the people are very open-minded and interested in the association. We have succeeded in presenting which local offers are being developed nationwide in the clubs. We are really very satisfied with the fair, a complete success.”
Live and in color: Tiny Houses convince visitors
The visitors traveled to Karlsruhe from all over Germany and across the state borders to find out about small alternative forms of housing. They particularly appreciate the opportunity to get in touch with the manufacturers and visit the Tiny Houses on site. The combination of a relaxed festival atmosphere with food trucks and platform for exchange and networking was very well received by the visitors.
Angelika and Günter Geys from Wolfartsweier are satisfied with the trade fair offer: “We looked at almost all the houses and received helpful information. There are even two houses that we like very much. Now we are only looking for land, then we will make an appointment with manufacturers and no longer just dream of it.” Steffi Seibert from Unterelsbach in Lower Franconia adds: “We have already built a tiny house and want to see here what other possibilities there are. We will definitely come back and recommend the festival.” Anke Bruske from Berlin particularly inspired the interior design of the Tiny Houses: “It was very interesting how the houses are equipped from the inside. There were also many good ideas for the elderly, such as lifting beds.”
Meeting point for Tiny House Community
The lecture program for the festival complemented the exhibition and offered insights into successful DIY stories, topics such as self-sufficiency, sustainability and job search as well as informative literature. Topic-relevant lectures with experts passed on tips and tricks as well as experiences within the Tiny House community.
Tiny House architect Anne Kozlowski was there, among others. She gave a lecture on Tiny House plots and what you have to consider: “I am a fan of the fair, was here three years ago and that also set the ball rolling for me. Since then, I have also worked for various tiny house and residential building manufacturers. The fair is a very good address to network, get to know people, find like-minded people and of course to get a lot of inspiration, to talk to different manufacturers and simply immerse yourself in the world of Tiny Houses. It is a must-have for anyone who thinks about living in a tiny house.” Speaker Katrin Pütz from (B)energy adds: “All in all, a great event with many interested parties who want to change their current life situation and want to live more sustainably.”
Tiny houses from all over Europe will travel to Karlsruhe again next year. The next NEW HOUSING – Tiny House Festival will take place from the 30th. June to 2. July 2023 at Messe Karlsruhe.