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We have designed our tiny house as a module that could be arrayed and stacked in a configuration to create forms that could infill the unused spaces within our cities. Creating housing for some of the most vulnerable in our community, including the homeless, people escaping Domestic Violence, and in the appropriate context our ageing population.
An example site was chosen in Fortitude Valley, an inner city suburb of Queensland Australia. This slim 7m wide 50m long block of land is a space left over between existing 3 story warehouse spaces, and train line. A block of land that traditionally would not be much value or use.
The tiny house typology, presented as a modular building block, can then be arranged length ways along the site, and vertically to fit within the 3 story height neighbouring context, or stacked further to fit more occupants on the site.
The design of a 36m2 apartment stacked length ways and floor by floor meant the tiny house was bound on 3 sides, with no vertical expansion. The 11 x 3.5 meter apartment becomes a standardised ‘building block’ that can be arranged on a number of small inner city sites, able to fit in the ‘in between’ spaces of our cities, or even fit within existing buildings.
Designing the tiny house to strict constraints, creates a flexible building block allowing it to adapt to almost any infill type siting, without compromising the original building block.
Designed for a single occupant or couple, with the majority of floor area given over to on open space for entertaining, and ‘adaptable living.’
The space provides a living room, small facilities for working from home, kitchen and dining, bedroom with access to the bed from both the side and end, bathroom, and laundry facilities.
The house has a fixed bedroom, separated from the rest of the house, to give the owners a sense of privacy, and does not require the occupant to have to wheel out, or fold down a bed every day. Three clear spaces are defined within the house, providing separation for two occupants, and dividing between private and public functions of the dwelling.
Services are aligned along one wall of the apartment, which allows for plumbing and other building services to be stacked, simplifying the reticulation of these services. Ample storage is provided to reduce visual clutter within the small dwelling.
The opposite wall is open, allowing for large louvred windows to bring light and ventilation into the space. This blank wall also provides flexibility for the occupants to add their own personality to the small unit, through art or additional fixed furniture.
The open wall is articulated with an angle to the bathroom to allow a corner window to be inserted into the neighbouring unit, bringing light and breezes into each room of the house.
Privacy can then be provided with planting in the common outdoor circulation zones.
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