Designed for a couple in Wellington, New Zealand, this small home puts the focus on affordable materials and stunning views.
When architects Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen, co-founders of Bonnifait+Giesen Architects, were tasked with designing a home for a couple in Wellington, New Zealand, the steep topography of the site posed a challenge. “The site is part of a very old Wellington subdivision that was never developed due to extreme topographical constraints for access and building,” says Bonnifait. “So, we designed the house as a small tower with a 50-square-meter footprint to minimize impact on the site.”
The clients, Tomoko and Aaron, wanted a small, compact home with a strong connection with the surrounding landscape. They also wanted to save on the building costs by doing some of the work themselves—including painting and constructing built-in furniture. Even the kitchen was designed to be built by Aaron using affordable materials.
See the full story on Dwell.com: This Compact New Zealand Home Uses Low-Cost Materials to Dazzling Effect