Image: Peter Whyte

Back by popular demand, Chris Clinton’s reconfiguration of a simple shop into a two-bedroom unit, the award-winning New Town Road House! Originally built in 1962 as a boot maker’s shop, the building is today an exemplar of how much space and comfort can be achieved on a tiny site, just 76 square metres.

The floor space has been expanded while still retaining the existing building – can you remember what it was? The constraints of size and access have led to a variety of space-saving innovations including movable components to allow for adaptable spaces.  A fascination with raw materials – both new and recycled – is evident throughout.

Carefully framed views, attention to detail and low energy consumption all result in a unique model for inner urban living with its own quirks and touches of bling.


Address: 62 New Town Road, New Town

Highlights: Home and Studio, Craftsmanship, designed and built by architect owner, Small scale living, sustainable design

Building specs: Type: House (Fish and chip shop conversion). Year Built: 2014 (renovation). Architect: Core Collective