William Samuel Architects has created an experimental, modular home that physically adapts to the changing needs of its inhabitants.
The practice created the tiny house as a possible solution to unaffordable property prices, designing it to be low-cost enough that owners can direct more of their budget to buying or renting land.
Studio House’s modules are individual barrel-vaulted sections that are clad in corrugated steel and can be connected to create more space if families expand. It’s also easily relocatable, so owners can take it with them if they decide to move on.
The prototype is currently located in Nelson, on New Zealand’s South Island. For this first version, the architects used native rimu timber as interior cladding. They added minimal fittings, such as frosted glass pendants, to emphasise the textures and colours of the wood.
The shape of the home allows people to comfortably share the space, with images showing one person working in a nook beneath the arched ceiling and another sitting downstairs. Arch-shaped windows at either and a sliding glass door bring in the light.
Practise founder William Samuels is currently living in the original version of Studio House. Enquiries about acquiring your own version can be directed to the studio.