Sugi Home by Condon Scott Architects

Sugi Home is a minimalist trip home positioned in Wanaka, New Zealand, designed in 2020 by Condon Scott Architects.

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On a Japanese ski journey, the homeowners of this Wanaka home got here to understand the effectivity of small areas. Staying in a compact two-bedroom trip residence within the mountains, they noticed {that a} small, rigorously designed home could possibly be comfy and nice to dwell in.

Based mostly in Singapore, the household of 5 took annual journeys to Wanaka, often staying with prolonged household in an present four-bedroom home on this lakeside website. The concept for Sugi Home was conceived to permit for a level of separation on their journeys.

After seeing the Kirimoko Tiny Home by Condon Scott Architects, the owners engaged architect Barry Condon to convey their new vacation home to life. To Barry, delivering on a Japanese aesthetic meant creating one thing easy and unobtrusive.

“The goal was for a refined, exact, and crafted aesthetic. We’ve used this mindset all through, allocating solely as a lot area as is required to every operate. The timber paneling and alignment have been rigorously thought via to increase the sense of indoor area.”

The floorplan is tight however rigorously thought-about. The decrease ground incorporates a double-height dwelling and kitchen area separated from the children’ toilet and bed room by the staircase. Upstairs is a double bed room with an ensuite, an workplace, and storage. “Constructed-in storage areas had been optimized – together with shoe racks, hidden cabinets, attracts inside the steps of the steps, and built-in shelving within the upstairs loft,” says Barry.

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The interiors ship the requested Japanese, minimalist look, with black fittings and joinery contrasted in opposition to the timber linings, a sculptural ceiling fan, and flush cabinetry. The moist room type of the compact toilet is harking back to a Japanese spa with floor-to-ceiling, stone-look tiles.

The home additionally has robust materiality externally, with a singular cladding and roofing materials of heat cedar shingles, which has the additional advantage of being low upkeep. As the home faces the road, glazing is restrained and aimed in the direction of views to the west of Mt Roy. The southern facade is freed from home windows to stop the gaze of neighbors as they strategy from the entry means.

“With some considered planting on the road, we made the outside terrace space fairly personal, an extension of the dwelling area in the summertime with the doorways open,” says Barry.

As a result of a excessive degree of insulation and the small footprint of the home, a Stovax wooden hearth offers sufficient heating to chop via even the chilliest of Wanaka’s winter days. The home was constructed utilizing SIPS panels, with some Passive Home strategies employed.

“SIPs are taped, sealed, and wrapped in a secondary layer of constructing wrap plus plywood to maximise thermal effectivity,” says Barry. “The home and the areas of glazing are oriented to maximise photo voltaic acquire, with minimal openings on the remaining sides of the home to protect the thermal envelope. Home windows are double glazed low-E glass, argon stuffed and thermally damaged to stop moisture retention and warmth loss.”

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The result’s a calming and trendy home-away-from-home for this jet-setting household, a spot to comfortably reconnect with their family members on the opposite aspect of the world.

Condon Scott Architects is an award-winning, Wanaka-based observe that has accomplished over 600 residential and industrial initiatives within the Otago area over the previous 30 years.

Pictures by Simon Devitt

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– by Matt Watts