Big Ideas, Small Buildings: Some of Architecture’s Best, Tiny Projects

Suzuko Yamada, Pillar House, Tokyo, Japan. Image © Iwan Baan/TASCHEN

This post was originally published in The Architectural Review as “Size Doesn’t Matter: Big Ideas for Small Buildings.

Taschen’s latest volume draws together the architectural underdogs that, despite their minute, whimsical forms, are setting bold new trends for design.

When economies falter and construction halts, what happens to architecture? Rather than indulgent, personal projects, the need for small and perfectly formed spaces is becoming an economic necessity, pushing designers to go further with less. In their new volume Small: Architecture Now!, Taschen have drawn together the teahouses, cabins, saunas and dollhouses that set the trends for the small, sensitive and sustainable, with designers ranging from Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban to emerging young practices.

Westmere Alteration / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Westmere, ,
Area: 177 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Tutukaka House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

© Simon Devitt

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ken Crosson
Project Area: 204 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Birkenhead Point House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Northshore of Auckland,
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: CCC Architects

Great Barrier House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

© Simon Devitt

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Location: Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Project Area: 170 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Coromandel Bach / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Coromandel,
Client: Crosson Family
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds