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Kirimoko Tiny House








Winner – NZIA 2019 Southern Architecture Housing Award


Bronze Award – 2019 DINZ Best Awards

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 New Zealand alpine climate.

Located on a quiet suburban street in Wanaka NZ, an ambitious 30m2 footprint was the brief for this unique one bedroom home. The client was motivated by the freedom of living with less and was inspired by a cycling trip where life was lived out of pannier bags.

Despite its diminutive size none of the essentials of a larger home are missing. The house has a full kitchen, bedroom area and living space. The double height volume with its glazed façade creates a sense of airiness and space. There is room for artwork, a full sized fridge, two large couches and a coffee table. The design concept was envisioned as a crafted joinery box with not a morsel of space wasted. Spring-back drawers pull out of each step tread and more storage is concealed under the kitchen joinery in the toe space. The external cladding is restrained but functional combining asphalt shingles and larch weatherboards.

Passive heating and cooling was considered from the outset and there are minimal openings to the east, south and west to preserve thermal envelope. Constructed using SIPs panels and using passive house principles, the SIPs panels are taped sealed and wrapped in a secondary layer of building paper and ply to maximise thermal efficiency. Since the client has moved into the home, a ceiling fan and portable heater have been sufficient to regulate temperature on both the warmest and coolest days.