This space-saving tiny home offers sustainable housing atop garages in Sydney

June 18, 2018 by  
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As the housing crisis in Sydney continues to intensify, some are tapping into the real estate potential in the city’s backyards and alleys. In a bid to catalyze the development of ‘laneway studios,’ Surry Hills-based McGregor Westlake Architecture has offered a small and sustainable housing model that builds atop existing garage units. Conceived “to subvert the council norm,” this smart tiny home boasts space-saving features and a striking contemporary design. McGregor Westlake Architecture’s Laneway Studio was developed partly to address the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) reactions to shoddy laneway homes born from poor design and inadequate planning guidelines. In contrast, the architecture firm’s prototype shows how good design can turn a tiny and uninspiring plot into a tiny house that not only feels spacious, but also enjoys access to natural light and privacy. The windows on the east and west allow for natural ventilation, while exterior blinds mitigate solar heat gain — no air conditioning needed. The key to the design is the addition of a standing seam metal mansard roof punctuated by dormer windows. The interior, which measures a mere 269 square feet, is lined with honey-colored Australian Hoop Pine sourced from managed forests paired with a linoleum floor made largely of linseed oil. The tiny home comfortably accommodates two in an efficient layout that stacks the living spaces above the existing garage. An open living area, kitchen and dining space dominate the upper floor plan, and the bedroom and bathroom are tucked behind sliding wood-paneled doors. LED lighting is used throughout the tiny house. The homeowners also enjoy access to a rear courtyard . Related: Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver “The project is like a case study for a Laneway Studio or Garage-Top dwelling,” the architects said. “As the need for density and intensity of use grow, the 25sqm footprint is an important sustainable model for the fine-grained pedestrian city. In doubling the height of existing frontages and adding another layer of use along it’s length, this building type has the potential to positively transform lanes toward the qualities of our best streets: active, connected and urbane places.” + McGregor Westlake Architecture Images by Brett Boardman

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PUP Architects disguises a tiny house as a rooftop air duct

March 14, 2018 by  
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PUP Architects disguised a dwelling as a rooftop air duct to bring attention to London’s housing crisis . The “guerrilla habitation” project playfully exploits development loopholes by fashioning a habitable rooftop space atop a canal-side warehouse in east London. PUP Architects based their design off a loophole that allows development of rooftop service structures without planning permission. PUP Architect’s H-VAC structure beat out 128 proposals to win property developer Shiva’s annual Antepavilion program, a competition that calls attention to problems with the local planning department and the city’s housing shortage .  Disguised as an HVAC exhaust, this hidden two-story dwelling starts from within the brick warehouse and pops up onto the roof in a snaking linear form clad in silver waterproof shingles made from recycled Tetra-Pak offcuts. The timber-framed structure winds its way up and culminates into a periscope-like shape with small room with two comfortable benches accommodating up to six. Related: This tiny prefab solution to Finland’s housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours “The pavilion invites discussion about the occupation of the city’s rooftops by highlighting relaxed permitted development rights,” says the Antepavilion press release. “It suggests that if dwellings could be disguised as air conditioning equipment, thousands of micro houses could be built across the city providing new homes.” The unusual pop-up pavilion won 2017’s Architecture Foundation Antepavilion competition for sustainable housing alternatives. + PUP Architects Images by Jim Stephenson and Phineas Harper

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PUP Architects hides a dwelling inside a rooftop air duct-shaped pavilion

August 23, 2017 by  
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PUP Architects disguised a dwelling as a rooftop air duct to bring attention to London’s housing crisis . The unusual pop-up pavilion is the winner of this year’s Architecture Foundation Antepavilion competition for sustainable housing alternatives. The “guerrilla habitation” project playfully exploits development loopholes by fashioning a habitable rooftop space atop a canal-side warehouse in east London. PUP Architect’s H-VAC structure beat out 128 proposals in property developer Shiva’s annual Antepavilion program, a competition that calls attention to problems with the local planning department and the city’s housing shortage . PUP Architects based their design off a loophole that allows development of rooftop service structures without planning permission. Disguised as an HVAC exhaust, this hidden two-story dwelling starts from within the brick warehouse and pops up onto the roof in a snaking linear form clad in silver waterproof shingles made from recycled Tetra-Pak offcuts. The timber-framed structure winds its way up and culminates into a periscope-like shape with small room with two comfortable benches accommodating up to six. Related: This tiny prefab solution to Finland’s housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours “The pavilion invites discussion about the occupation of the city’s rooftops by highlighting relaxed permitted development rights,” says the Antepavilion press release. “It suggests that if dwellings could be disguised as air conditioning equipment, thousands of micro houses could be built across the city providing new homes.” The pop-up pavilion opened August 5 and will be available for public viewing during Open House weekend from September 16 to 17. + PUP Architects Images by Jim Stephenson and Phineas Harper

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Kodasemas tiny solar-powered homes pop up in less than a day so you can move in the next

July 6, 2017 by  
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Estonian design collective Kodasema just launched KODA, a line of tiny prefabricated homes with big goals for tackling the affordable housing crisis. Crafted with high-quality factory precision, these mobile modern homes pop up in as little as a day and come with highly energy-efficient features, from solar panels to built-in smart home systems. Already installed in the Netherlands and Estonia, the solar-powered KODA home popped up in the UK last month with a starting price of £150,000. A £150,000 micro home might seem like an odd solution for the housing crisis, but John O’Brien, Associate Director for Construction Innovation at Kodasema, says that the KODA’s reusable multipurpose design gives it a big cost advantage. The unit’s ease of mobility and installation—no foundations needed—allows owners to reuse KODA in different sites and situations, whether it’s to move it to a new location or transformation from a summer home to a classroom. The tiny KODA also can also pop up in unused yet prime locations in cities such as London. The price includes the cost of planning and building regulations, delivery, site preparation, installation, and connection to water, electricity, and sewage. “The simple yet effective design could help alleviate the pressures of the housing crisis on local authorities, providing temporary homes or workspaces on empty sites,” said O’Brien. “This trend of short-term use of derelict land, which can be left untouched for years, even during the planning stages, is becoming more common, especially in London . KODA would provide a cost-effective option to house those on the waiting list for affordable accommodation or offer temporary rental apartments for young professionals, students and those looking to downsize.” Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners The 25-square-meter KODA makes the most of its small footprint with a full-height quadruple-glazed window that fills the wood-lined living space with natural light and creates a sense of spaciousness. A 3.5-meter-wide outdoor terrace as well as an indoor living, kitchen, and dining area are located in the front of the building, while the rear is reserved for the bathroom and mezzanine bedroom. The solar-powered home is equipped with smart-home features for systems such as alarms, programmable LED lighting , and climate control. Thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls wrap around KODA to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. The KODA recently debuted in the UK at BRE Innovation Park , a research facility in Watford for full-scale demonstrations of low-carbon and sustainable housing. Kodasema plans to release multistory, stackable KODA modules in 2018. The design collective is also a recent winner of the WAN Urban Challenge 2017 , a global ideas competition for solutions to London’s housing crisis. + Kodasema Via Dezeen

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