Home New Zealand, February/March 2017
The renovation of this iconic 1960’s architecturally designed house is an example of the way architecture can change the way we live.
We transformed a house originally designed for a couple into a family home, retaining the integrity of the original design whilst updating the house for contemporary life.
In altering an historic building, we work on the principle that when you take something away you should give something back.
We took out walls and brought in sun, flowing spaces and free access to a new backyard.
The kitchen received special care: no longer a back service room, it is now rightfully the centre of the home.
Lake Ohau, Waitaki, Canterbury
Home New Zealand, June/July 2010
A new house, a tiny form in an incredibly expansive and wild landscape.
Careful planning maximized value out of a very tight budget. At its heart, the project is about generosity and hospitality. It can host a large group of skiers and friends in comfort.
The design responds to the dramatic, barely-touched landscape. It is about the beauty we find in the raw: the rugged truth of nature and natural materials.
The focus is on the simple things: the pleasure of a showering in a stone clad room with a beautiful view of the Southern Alps, and the comfort of being curled up in a warm window seat watching the snow fall.
This house is available to rent on Bookabach
Home & Entertaining New Zealand Feb/Mar 2007
Architecture New Zealand Nov/Dec 2005
This project is a reflection of the value of a simple idea, an incredible site and the trust of engaged clients.
This house sits on the saddle of a ridgeline overlooking the basin of the Wairau River, a navigable and always changing waterway.
The house forms a bridge, connecting your arrival to the landscape beyond. The Pa site, the peninsular and the gulf. It is an awe-inspiring view, and the house was designed to enhance appreciation of it.
Architecture works well when it makes life better; it can bring comfort, ease, and joy into your life.
I was nine when we moved from a little bungalow into the new house my parents had commissioned from an architect. It was a transformative experience. It felt like the world opened up to me. The sun came flooding in, the house opened up to a great view. The house centred around the kitchen and family room, and the spaces flowed around them. It was full of social spaces, full of friends and family.
That is why I became an architect, and that is what I am interested in.
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