Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Minima is a cleverly compact and crafted small footprint home: a 'tiny house', rural retreat, suburban studio or backyard room designed by the award-winning team at TRIAS. The standard module can be configured as a mini apartment containing a built-in couch, fold-down bed and table, kitchenette and bathroom, or simplified as a home office. The double module, arranged as a T-shaped compact house, expands to include a separate living room, dining area and kitchen, and a bedroom and bathroom. The design of Minima is simple, elegant and functional, making it a beautiful and timeless addition to any garden, backyard or rural property. Minima is built from prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels, which are both strong and sustainable. This natural timber finish lines the interior, creating a warm, welcoming and healthy environment. Minima has been thoughtfully designed for affordable, low-impact living, with plentiful storage, cleverly integrated furniture and generous openings that seamlessly connect inside and out.
The Minima project by TRIAS is an example of New Wood Open Architecture showcasing how a prefab modular wood construction can create a flexible, comfortable and sustainable dwelling environment. The single module represents the smallest dwelling the system permits, but the resulting space is increased by adding additional modules. This system allows the dwelling to grow organically as the needs of the inhabitant inevitably change. The size of the module strategically supports this natural growth process while still reaping the economic and environmental benefits of prefabrication and standardization.
The cross-laminated wood wall panels are prefabricated off-site and delivered to the site for assembly by a small team of builders. Participation is offered at both the initial design and construction stage through customization of the standard module and during the implementation phase through involvement in the assembly process on site.