Designed in 2014 by Dorrington Atcheson Architects, this 1,290 sq ft single family home is situated in Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand.
Description by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Taking its design cues from the utilitarian forms of a tent and a shed, this Titirangi home for an extended family is a duo of compact buildings that uses a humble set of materials to allow the landscape a central place in the scheme.
Sited for sun, seclusion and views of the surrounding bush, the main dwelling and its “mini me” cousin share an aesthetic and similar planning. The primary home is conceived as a barn-like pavilion with bedrooms for adults and kids located at opposite ends. A canopy-like roof is strung between these more-solid bookends to architecturally mimic a tarpaulin.
A modest footprint of 1290-square-feet called for meticulous planning with no wasted space. The aim was to live big in this small dwelling. Although the rectangular shape is only 13 feet wide, the soaring mono-pitch roof and full-height glazing brings a feeling of capaciousness to the main living zone. A split-truss roof allows an external pergola to shade the home in summer, and clerestory windows bring in low winter light. The low-key combination of glulam beams, plywood walls and ceilings, aluminium joinery and concrete floors lends …read more
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