Patchwork Architecture discuss New Zealand’s Best Small Home

Patchwork Architecture discuss the challenges of designing small and how smart design is key to creating a functional space

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Q&A with Patchwork Architecture

The modest footprint shows a unique approach by the owners, a couple with two young children. Is this becoming more common?
Sally Ogle: I think it will as more infill housing is built, utilising smaller sites within our cities. It’s also part of an evolution of how New Zealanders think about their houses – bigger isn’t necessarily better – smart design means smaller spaces can be highly functional.

What were the most challenging aspects of designing the home?
Ben Mitchell-Anyon: Juggling all the spaces required, while retaining a large outside area on such a small section, was pretty tricky. As was staying within regulations without too much compromise in terms of form.

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What do you think is most successful about the home?
Ben Mitchell-Anyon: I’m really happy with the downstairs courtyard, it’s partly covered by the roof and acts as an extension of the L-shaped living area. Also, the way the house sits in context with the neighbouring villas.

What did you enjoy most about this project?
Ben Mitchell-Anyon: I really enjoyed the construction process, Adam and Jono of Dorset Construction are very talented and smart builders. I was there weekly and on the phone most days working through various stages of the construction. I also worked quite closely with the cabinetmakers (Workshop E) and the steel fabricators. There were lots of shop drawings and site measures throughout and it’s all been worth it. I think it’s a great result.

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