Living in smaller spaces is a topic that’s been discussed for a while now. In Auckland in particular, it’s something that’s a necessity rather than an option as available land becomes scarce and the population grows at pace.
The pressure that these two issues have created is resulting in a changed way of looking at the home and what it means to live well. In terms of the government’s Special Housing Areas around Auckland where higher density developments have been called for, we’re seeing an emerging design language with a focus rooted in community and connection.
“Our firm shifted its focus into this style of architecture about four years ago, and for us, it’s about creating and designing spaces that are comfortable and enjoyable for people to live in,” Phillip Matz of Matz Architects says. “It actually doesn’t matter whether a space is tiny or large, the design principles are the same. The challenge is when everything is reduced in scale to ensure those same design principles.”
The aim, Phillip says, is about designing spaces that people really want to live in. And that’s something that he says has often been overlooked by developers in the past, but is changing as the need for more higher density living develops.