This small-but-perfectly formed Box™ home is located in Lower Hutt. It was built as a young couple’s first home and its compact size expresses some big ideas in architecture.
This small-but-perfectly formed Box™ home is located in Lower Hutt. It was built as a young couple’s first home and, although it has a footprint of only 115 square metres (plus garage and storage areas), its compact size expresses some big ideas in architecture.
The house design adapted to a site that was not only petite, but came with the challenge of a storm-water drain that ran the length of the building platform.
At Box™ this is just the type of ‘problem’ we love! Our architect turned it into an opportunity and designed a home in two distinct forms: a living block surrounded by decks that seem to hover amidst the greenery; and a bedroom block raised a half storey which cleverly elevates it above the drain and provides storage and a garage below. Clad in low-cost polycarbonate sheet, at night, when the lights are turned on, this cube-like storage zone glows like a beacon providing enough outdoor illumination for family gatherings.
The homeowners were thrilled with the result which has no wasted space – a house that proves less can most definitely be more.
This house received a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) award for the Wellington region, in the small house category.
NZIA AWARD – SMALL HOUSE
FLOOR AREA HOUSE:
100 square metres
FLOOR AREA GARAGE:
60 square metres
Vertical grooved ply
Black Melteca and Melteca ‘Snowdrift’’