Maddison Architects were engaged by RACV to develop a ‘tiny home’ to showcase what makes a home comfortable to live in and affordable to run. The house was designed specifically to fit on the back of a truck so that it could be transported around Victoria.
A range of environmentally sustainable design initiatives have been woven into the project from passive design principles through to a range of active systems including integrated solar PV and battery storage.
The starting point of the design is that most recognisable of house shapes, the pitched roof form. A series of operable screens fold out from the façade to form the front deck and entry, extending the living area outside. Internally the building comprises one main room including kitchen, living and sleeping spaces with a separate compartment for the bathroom. Strategic positioning of windows brings in natural light, views and facilitates passive circulation.
The considered approach to material selection and efficient use of space aims to prompt further conversation about how we might build more sustainable housing.