Categories
Magazine

Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors

Located just outside Kawarau Falls near Queenstown, New Zealand, a tiny cabin conceals a truly luxurious and light-filled interior with a striking, jet-black facade. Designed by local architect Anna-Marie Chin, Tom’s Cabin, which can be rented through Airbnb, is strategically built to provide amazing views of the idyllic landscape while fitting in with the local vernacular.

Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight


The 1,291 ft² / 120 m² cabin, which was voted New Zealand’s best small home in 2016, offers a serene retreat tucked into the natural landscape around Kawarau Falls. The low-lying volume with a “tilted” sloped roof mimics the landscape of the rolling hills, and the jet black exterior gives the cabin a contemporary, sophisticated feel. The simple gable form of the rooftop also provides an ultra-tall entryway, which is clad almost entirely in glass to provide stunning views from the small wooden deck.

Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight


The interior space is surprisingly well-lit by natural light. Using a simple color and material palette, the interior walls of the cabin are clad in plywood paneling, punctuated with large windows. Concrete floors and black accents create a seamless cohesion with the exterior.

Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© David Straight
Modern tiny cabin with wood finish and concrete floors
© airbnb

If you’re interested in your own getaway, you can book your stay at Tom’s House here.

Project Credits:

Architects: Anna-Marie Chin / @annamariechinarchitects

Area: 1,291 ft² / 120 m²

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

Photos: David Straight / @david_._straight

Get the Tiny Homes Newsletter

Discover small spaces filled with big ideas

Leave a Reply