Compact House

This is Chris’ own home: a labour of love, transforming an old boot maker’s shop into a tiny (100m2) two-bedroom house. Chris used as much of the original building as possible, expanding both above and below the original shop. 

I’ve always been interested in building small, and I think as far as sustainability goes, compact living, re-using and recycling are the best ways to reduce materials and energy use.
— Chris Clinton
Simple but flexible planning and considered placement of openings, along with the adoption of sustainable principles, have created comfortable and engaging spaces. This project is an exemplar for small urban housing in Tasmania.
— Jury, Tasmanian Architecture Awards 2015

Carefully framed views, loving attention to detail, a fine taste for natural materials, and low energy consumption all result in a unique model for inner-urban living.

Compact House

Some clever space-saving strategies have been incorporated, such as sliding walls and cabinetry, and a kitchen counter that ‘grows’ into a dining table. 

Compact House

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Completed: 2015


2015 Shortlisted for National Architecture Award – Small Project Architecture

2015 Winner Tasmanian Architecture Awards - Peter Willmott Small Project Award

Project Team

Architect: Chris Clinton

Builder: Chris Clinton

Structural Engineer: Joe Mamic & Associates

Building Surveyor: Hobart Building Surveying

Photographers: Peter Whyte, Jasmine Latona


Gourmet Traveller, Kitchen Special July 2016

Mezzanine Magazine, Volume 2, Summer 2016

Sunday Tasmanian, 6 November 2016

Domain, 26 September 2015

The Mercury, Home, 5 July 2015

Sanctuary, Issue 30, March 2015

The Mercury, Tas Weekend, 18 November 2014

Products & Systems

Hot water: Rinnai Instantaneous HotFlo 10 gas hot water system

Renewable Energy: 3kW PV solar power by Southern Green Energy

Heating: Nobo electric panel heaters

Insulation: Kingspan Aircell Insulbreak and Knauf Earthwool batts

External Walls: James Hardie Hardiplank, CSR Hebel blockwork

Internal Walls: Recycled timber

Windows and Glazing: EuroTrend Windows and Doors

External Timber Finish: Integrain Ultradeck

Internal Timber Finish: Livos oil

External Paint: Ability Duropaint

Internal Paint: Dulux Wash & Wear 101 Low-VOC

Steel Paint: Ecolour


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