Nov 3, 2011

World House of the Year announced: Small House

 
Just announced as the 2011 World House of the Year
at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona
is this tiny footprint of a home with the descriptive name of
Located on a tiny plot in inner city Sydney, 
it was designed by architect Domenic Alvaro as his own home.
The size?
6 metres x 7 metres.
{To put that in perspective, a double garage is 6 metres x 6 metres.}
To get around the small plot size, 
the home is built on 4 levels, 
with the top being used as a roof garden.
There is a floor for sleeping + bathing,
a floor for eating + dining,
a floor for parking + storage
and a floor for living.
Plus that botanically dramatic roof garden.
In a world increasing in population at an alarming rate, 
it is fantastic that the judges have chosen to bestow their award
on a house which takes up such a small, but efficient footprint.

Which just goes to prove: bigger isn't necessarily better.

Small House by Dominic Alvaro, principal architect Woods Bagot Sydney
Photography: Trevor Mein
Images: World Architecture Festival, Barcelona.

10 comments:

  1. I saw this house on Grand Designs. It was beautiful but felt very open (perhaps the windows are mirrored on the outside?) and I didn't like the thought of having to run up all the stairs all the time (bedroom on one floor, kitchen on another, living on another). The amount of times I walk into a room and forget why I'm there, I'd be fit, that's for sure! Incredible design and lovely to see something so innovative and forward thinking in Australia.

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  2. Oh that's funny because I had the very same thought - that the occupants would get very fit running up and down all those stairs! But for the young, fit and healthy, I guess it's a great way to stay fit as part of everyday life, perhaps? Vxx

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  3. Kylie Oram3/11/11 5:14 PM

    I loved this house when I saw it on Grand Designs Australia, still do.
    I like that big is not necessarily better...I'm tired of seeing huge Mc Mansions squeezed on to tiny blocks.
    Just think how good your legs would be with all those stairs!

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  4. Hello Kylie, I am happy to agree with you. I am also sensing (both from my clients and from reader's comments) that there is a real trend for trimming the size of houses in Australia. Which is fantastic, I believe. Who needs to spend their precious hours cleaning up such a large space, when it seems that in most families, people tend to prefer to gather in the one spot anyway? Vxx

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  5. Hi virginia

    well when that think cap has to go on of edward de bono's it is amazing what creations can really come in to play.
    (and I thought my house was small - though 4 levels would help :)

    have a wonderful day

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog

    x

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  6. Heather in Arles4/11/11 12:18 AM

    Oh my, I would need another floor entirely--for things! For closet space! I wish that it weren't the case but I do have too much of muchness to live so simply. That said, I am LOVING living in a smaller space. Our kitchen is positively closet sized and yet it is just great--and we love to cook, as you know! 

    Speaking of, your mention of fish with coriander pesto (you put me to shame!) made me remember that I had a link that I wanted to pass on to you as it is right up your alley. I am sending the Google translation into English--it should be fine enough to give you an idea. You would love her blog actually, gorgeous food, gorgeous photos to go with it:

    http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdevousamoi-dominique.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F11%2Fdaurade-asian-style-lail-et-la.html%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2Bblogspot%252FinioM%2B%2528De%2Bvous%2B%25C3%25A0%2Bmoi...%2529&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=fr&ie=UTF8

    Cut and paste--trust me it is worth it!
    Bisous.

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  7. Hi Loulou. And just imagine how fabulous one's legs would be from going up and down those 4 levels. (She says, gasping at the very thought...) Vxx

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  8. oh yum, always love food inspiration as you know....will go and check out her blog. The coriander pesto is so fantastic, I keep making up more batches of it because it goes with everything. I better post the recipe because I think you may like it.  And as for loving your new kitchen, I am a firm believer that it isn't the size of a space which makes it great, it is the ambience, which is such a complex thing to achieve. Vxx

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  9. robinsonheather4/11/11 8:27 PM

    Not so difficult, Virgina! Just keep the wine flowing and the music playing. :) And have lots of spices and vinegars and oils at hand to experiment with. 

    I would loovvveee to have the recipe please! I am a coriander addict, so that is right up my alley. 

    Bisous!

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  10. Hi Heather. Ok, I'll do a post on it tomorrow. It is fab with Asian and European style cooking, so it is disappearing as fast as I make it. V xx

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