Kirimoko Tiny House

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Project Press & Awards


  • Winner of an NZIA 2019 Southern Architecture Housing Award
  • Bronze Award at the 2019 DINZ Best Awards

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Project Detail

Winner NZIA 2019 Southern Architecture Award. Jury Citation: "This small house, inspired by a cycle trip and a life lived out of panniers, is defined by a simple gable form and a sturdy black rain screen. The compact 30 square metre one-bedroom home utilises cleverly crafted spatial devices to pack a lot of punch into a small place without compromising on the scale of the living areas. With a combination of passive house measures and structural insulated panels, virtually no additional energy is required to maintain a consistent level of thermal comfort against the backdrop of the unforgiving Central Otago climate."

Located on a suburban street within Wanaka, an ambitious 30m2 footprint was the brief for this unique one bedroom home. Despite saving space, none of the essentials are missing. The house was designed as a crafted box where not a morsel of space is wasted. Drawers pull out of each step tread and storage is concealed in the toe space under the kitchen joinery.

For the roof and wall structure SIPs (structural insulated panels) were chosen for their high insulation R-value and the convenience of prefabrication. The external palette is limited to asphalt shingles and timber. The shingles carry up the wall and over onto the roof. This reflects the way the building is made as both roof and walls are built of SIPs.

Photographer: Larkin Design: Simon Larkin Photography

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