Award-winning passive tiny house is insulated to combat New Zealand’s weather

June 22, 2020 by  
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Completed in 2018, the Kirimoko tiny house was inspired by a minimalist cycling trip. After previously living out of his bicycle packs, the owner decided to downsize his living conditions by commissioning a 329-square-foot, one-bedroom tiny home in Wanaka, New Zealand. The design features a gabled form with a black rain screen, passive house measures and structural insulated panels. Thanks to the efficient insulation , the house requires virtually no additional energy to maintain comfortable temperatures, despite the New Zealand alpine climate. Related: Luxurious tiny home in New Zealand is off-grid and 100% self-sustaining Architect Barry Condon of Condon Scott Architects utilized each nook and cranny to get the most out of the minimal square footage without compromising scale, so no amount of space is wasted. A double-height volume and a glazed facade help make it feel more airy and spacious, as well. “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,” Condon said. “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.” The tiny home has a kitchen with a full-sized fridge, a bedroom and a separate living space with room for two large couches and a coffee table. Outside, larch weatherboards help to keep out moisture during heavy rains and asphalt shingles add to the functionality of the exterior. Natural ventilation is achieved through minimal openings on the eastern, southern and western sides of the home, and structural insulated panels were chosen for the roof and walls for their high insulation value. The client has reportedly only needed a ceiling fan and a small portable heater to regulate the temperature on extreme weather days. The home has received the NZIA 2019 Southern Architecture Award and a Bronze 2019 DINZ Award. + Condon Scott Architects Images via Condon Scott Architects

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German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

October 12, 2015 by  
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Imagine an emissions-free electric city, in which homes generate more than enough power for their needs and are built to share their excess with neighbours, cars, and the surrounding grid. It sounds like a wonderful fairy tale, but German architect Werner Sobek says it can be accomplished in just five years. The architect, who was recently awarded the prestigious Fritz-Leonhardt Prize , used his award acceptance as a platform to discuss the “electric city”. Read the rest of German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

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Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Rejects Petition For Denise Scott Brown’s Retroactive Award

June 17, 2013 by  
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Architect Denise Scott Brown has been denied a retroactive Pritzker Prize , according to the Pritzker Prize jury’s official response to an online petition started by a group of Harvard students. The petition called for Denise Scott Brown to be belatedly honored with a 1991 prize that was awarded to her husband and partner Robert Venturi, but ignored Scott Brown’s accomplishments. Ultimately signed by more than 17,000 people and nine Pritzker laureates, including Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas, the petition failed to sway the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee. Read the rest of Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee Rejects Petition For Denise Scott Brown’s Retroactive Award Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture awards , Denise Scott Brown , Denise Scott Brown Pritzker , gender discrimination , gender discrimination architecture , harvard , Harvard GSD , Learning from Las Vegas , online petition , petition Denise Scott Brown , Pritzker Prize , Pritzker Prize injustice , Pritzker Retroactive , Robert Venturi , sexism in architecture , Women in architecture        

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Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

May 1, 2013 by  
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The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain – and the list includes outstanding projects ranging form a school in Afghanistan to a cemetery in Australia.  Every three years the Aga Khan Award is given to one outstanding project that excels in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. The 20 nominees announced today are eligible for part of a 1-million dollar fund, and the five or six finalists will be announced in September of this year. Read the rest of Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Aga Khan 2013 , Aga Khan 2013 nominees , Aga Khan Award , aga khan award for architecture , Aga Khan Development Network , architecture awards , green architecture , Green Building , Sustainable Building        

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Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

March 18, 2013 by  
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Shabby Love: A Virginia Shop Where Every Piece of Old Furniture Has a History and a Future

March 18, 2013 by  
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