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Kirimoko Tiny House in Wanaka

29 Apr 2020

Kirimoko Tiny House

Design: Condon Scott Architects

Location: Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

Kirimoko Tiny House is a 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

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

Located on a quiet suburban street in Wanaka NZ, an ambitious 30 sqm 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.

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

For architect Barry Condon, this was a satisfying project that has been well received by the community, public and homeowners. “At first I thought it was a bit ambitious – a 30-square-metre footprint isn’t very much space to fit a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living space,” says Barry. “I actually tried a few times to make it a little bit bigger, but the client would always push back and try to make it smaller, which was interesting for me because normally with clients I am the one trying to reduce size! Ultimately we landed on a happy medium.”

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

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.

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

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. The smart energy monitoring system (Smappee) shows a consistent ambient temperature within the house of 20 degrees.

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The project has been the recipient of a number of awards including Winner of NZIA 2019 Southern Architecture Award and a Bronze Award 2019 DINZ Best Awards.

Condon Scott Architects is an award-winning, Wanaka-based practice that has completed over 600 residential and commercial projects in the Otago region over the past 30 years.

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Kirimoko Tiny House, Wanaka, NZ – Building Information

Architects: Condon Scott Architects

Project size: 30 sqm
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 1

Kirimoko Tiny House Wanaka South Island

Photography: Simon Larkin

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Location: Wanaka on South Island, New Zealand

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