In Tasmania, a Backyard House Built Into the Hillside Provides Space for Visiting Grandparents
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Location: South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Architect: Maguire + Devine Architects / @maguiredevine
Footprint: 484 square feet
Builder: Mansfield Builders
Structural Engineer: Integral Consulting Engineers
Photographer: Adam Gibson / @adam.gibson.photo
From the Architect: "Created as a Tasmanian base for interstate grandparents, the SoHo Small House is a 484-square-foot ancillary dwelling. It is tucked at the the base of an existing north-facing sloped garden. This garden flows seamlessly onto the roof and is planted with native grasses and shrubs improving the biodiversity of the site while concealing the dwelling from the houses above. With a northerly aspect, the SoHo Small House opens to a suburban back laneway that affords it independent access through garden beds and a private courtyard with an outdoor bath. This location invites residents to engage with life on the laneway, helping to strengthen a sense of community within the neighborhood.
"The flexible floor plan provides a northerly aspect to the main bedroom and living area that can be adapted to accommodate a second private sleeping space. The warm wood tones enhance the subterranean atmosphere and the highly insulating earth roof and solar access make for a comfortable, energy-efficient home."
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