Architect and resident Andrew Simpson maximized his 538-square-foot home in Wellington, New Zealand, with double-height ceilings, elevated compact shelving, and lofted sleeping quarters.
This "bach," located on a remote island 62 miles from the coast of Auckland, operates completely off the electricity grid. The low-maintenance residence features a series of moveable wall-sized glass panels and screens that define light, shade, and shelter.
In Onemana, a coastal town on New Zealand’s North Island, a compact prefab vacation home was built by a team of architecture students in order to save costs. The 807-square-foot house features a number of custom, built-in features that help save space.
Architects Ben Mitchell-Anyon, Sally Ogle, and Tim Gittos purchased a hilly plot in Whanganui, a sleepy provincial city located two and a half hours north of Wellington, New Zealand, and created a house that came in at about $130 per square foot. The group designed and built everything, from the structure down to the cabinetry.
On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs. A covered terrace encourages outdoor living in the island’s temperate climate.