World House of the Year announced: Small House

Just announced as the 2011 World House of the Year
at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona
is this tiny footprint of a home with the descriptive name of
Located on a tiny plot in inner city Sydney, 
it was designed by architect Domenic Alvaro as his own home.
The size?
6 metres x 7 metres.
{To put that in perspective, a double garage is 6 metres x 6 metres.}
To get around the small plot size, 
the home is built on 4 levels, 
with the top being used as a roof garden.
There is a floor for sleeping + bathing,
a floor for eating + dining,
a floor for parking + storage
and a floor for living.
Plus that botanically dramatic roof garden.
In a world increasing in population at an alarming rate, 
it is fantastic that the judges have chosen to bestow their award
on a house which takes up such a small, but efficient footprint.

Which just goes to prove: bigger isn't necessarily better.

Small House by Dominic Alvaro, principal architect Woods Bagot Sydney
Photography: Trevor Mein
Images: World Architecture Festival, Barcelona.