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Muryo Jitaku (Small House)


Small architecture has been historically stigmatised as affordable housing solutions that are either constructed under strict budget constraints or solely considered as temporary, portable, or seasonal.

Small house exterior

This project queries can this mould be broken with an alternative form of the detached that supports the New Zealand lifestyle in a more sustainable urban pattern?

A focus is placed on the exploration of New Zealand homes that although large, aren’t designed with careful regard to changing circumstances. As detailed through a series of detached suburban housing models, acknowledging occupation as variable establishes a new mode of space management that is defined by the inhabitant opposed to pre-set behavioral rules.

The exterior cladding of Resene Pitch Black links to the Resene Black Sheep structural columns and built in shelving, softened with the addition of Resene Soothe in the interior.

This project was a finalist in the NZIA Student Design Awards and displayed at the University School of Architecture as part of the Four Futures Exhibition.

House exterior
Small house plans
Small house inside flow
Small house food area

Created by: Ayla Raymond-Roberts
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2018

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