Tucked away on the sunny side of Wellington, this compact 84m² 2-bedroom home efficiently makes use of every square inch to provide the perfect nest for a young family.
A bold steel 'loop' - a simple reinterpretation of the neighbourhood’s gable rooftops - protectively wraps around the building, shielding the light, bright, clean interior from the harsh coastal elements.
Full-height windows flank a tall, raked living space, and the compact interior feels remarkably spacious. This house has a small footprint, physically, and a small footprint, environmentally! Ample insulation, high performance joinery and a northern orientation keeps this home sunny and warm all year round with minimal heating costs.
Built: 2015 | Builder: Panelwood Homes
Photographs copyright of: Jason Mann Photography
Jury's comment: This project addresses the concept of the small house – a type that is central for architects given our current housing crisis. The bold form and very efficient planning make a distinctive statement and combine that with a very liveable and surprisingly spacious interior. The house references the whare but subtly shifts it as well. In the comfortable suburb of Seatoun, this small project, delivered on an equally small budget, signals an alternative to the profligacy and sprawl that are otherwise undermining our urban and suburban environments.