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An art deco-inspired Tiny House that finds great joy in detail.

Located in Torrensville, a western suburb of Adelaide, Plaster Fun House takes inspiration from its cultural surroundings. Though, a house tour reveals that the primary architectural aspects of the tiny house contrast the immediate built landscape, testifying instead to an art deco style.

Sans-Arc Studio introduces curves into the architecture, interior design and particularly the custom joinery of the tiny house. As well as injecting a playful character into the home, the curves enable effortless movement through the compact space.

A sculptural tiny house enveloped by the garden, Plaster Fun House represents a light-hearted shift from the residential norm. Designed by Sans-Arc Studio, the extension of the tiny house sees the old and new united in a home defined by curves.

Responding to the clients’ request for terrazzo to be used wherever possible, Sans-Arc Studio employs terrazzo benchtops. Stepping down into the extension of the home, the terrazzo material of the kitchen island benchtop unites the old and new aspects of the dwelling, a staggering from kitchen bench to dining surface marks the threshold between new and existing.

This phenomenological approach to design and detail in the Plaster Fun House is felt in the careful orientation and skylights that create a warm interior filled with natural light. And it is present in the details such as the terrazzo benches in tones matching their associated cabinetry, the brass accents, and the mosaic-tiled kitchen splashback and bathroom, which add a subtle contrast and tactility. “The tactility of a project is essential,” Matiya reflects, “it is massively contributory to the phenomenological experience of the space”.

Similarly, the art deco-inspired curves are not only an aesthetic reference but create a flow throughout the space that encourages every area within the home to be used. A built-in bench that curves around the corner beneath the north-facing window is designed as a sunny nook in which to curl up with a book, while the client’s desire to encourage social interaction in the kitchen led to the space for bar stools at the kitchen bench in addition to the formal dining seating.

Environmentally-responsible design is also key to the home’s liveability. Sans-Arc Studio are passionate about sustainability, and the Plaster Fun House demonstrates this in its design. The building is wrapped in highly-insulated EPS panel and rendered, and embraces stacking ventilation to help cool the space in summer. Large steel hoods surround the windows, and while they do not provide a complete shade, when combined with the northern orientation the hoods help to keep out the harshest of the summer sun.

Across the façade of the tiny house, natural light plays across the stucco wall treatment; a crafted ode to the Mediterranean-inspired housing of the surrounds. The resulting home is peaceful, artistic and unique, providing the clients with a new and inviting extension.

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