The clients wanted a three bedroom, contemporary, open plan house. The brief was to employ contrasting materials incorporating mono pitch roofs with large overhanging eaves and offset walls to create complexity. An existing house on the site was to be retained, leaving an area 230 square metres for the new house in which several mature trees were located.
The design concept for the site was to form three volumes. Two for internal spaces, offset to create the third volume of external space. A large roof is supported by an inclined column producing a transition between the internal and external spaces. The mature trees sit strikingly against the charcoal coloured linear-board backdrop of the exterior walls while the zincalume clad eaves blend into the blue sky.
At the ground level living spaces connect seamlessly and a light filled void is transcended to the generous sleeping areas hovering above. Movement from inside to outside occurs at every opportunity while a crisp interior of polished concrete and stainless steel blend softy with natural timber and warm white ensuring a relaxing atmosphere.
Although the client insisted on floor heating, at last report they haven’t used it because “the house is so warm”.
This house which is located in Kohimarama has been cited as a "Best House Design".