This new family home overlooking Lake Taupo encompasses the owner’s love of outdoor pursuits through the treatment of space and materials, and relates to the wider site context and extensive views of the lake.
Recipient of a New Zealand Institute of Architects 2010 Waikato BOP Residential Award.
Some images used with permission from Sam Hartnett.
This extensive self-contained Auckland House addition connects with the existing dwelling both visually and physically by relating to the materials and forms of the existing home, but uses these in different ways to reflect a contemporary design aesthetic.
An extensive addition and alteration to an existing family home in Mt Eden. The external character of the existing villa has been restored to it’s original form, and a new wrap-around contemporary black addition added to the rear, in a contrasting but complementary aesthetic.
Careful treatment of the indoor/outdoor threshold resulted in an all weather space as an extension of the living area, inspired by the interstitial zone around a tent created by the tent-fly. The steel, timber and glass awning creates a contemporary addition as an extension to the character of the existing traditional weatherboard home.
An interior alteration / new kitchen project, utilising different timber grains in contrast to an underlying black & white colour/materials palette
A contemporary addition to the rear of a 50's family home in suburban Auckland.
The main angular roof of the addition visually 'peels' away from the other forms in a deconstructive sense, while wall and ceiling plains are generated in response to maximising direct and indirect sunlight deep into the new internal living spaces.
A steep Waiheke Island site densely covered in native bush required a sensitive approach in the conception of this new home. A combination of natural materials and construction techniques resulted in the design of a home suited to its stunning environmental context.
Currently in the planning stages.
A prototype pre-fabricated home with large multi purpose adaptable spaces, designed to maximise light and outlook. The first home was pre-assembled then transported to Taupo where it was positioned on a site as a holiday home overlooking the lake.
The house is available and fabricated by PLB Construction Group.
A large volume contemporary open plan interior loft living space juxtaposed within an existing 1930's traditional English cottage style home, to enhance the elevation, orientation, sunlight, and existing roof spaces.
The elevated living loft presents itself as an asymmetrical timber 'insertion' within the overall open plan space, and is accessed via a stair doubling as a bookshelf.
A contemporary alteration and addition to an existing brick & weatherboard family home in Auckland, with strong visual and physical connections between inside and outside living spaces.
A contemporary addition to an existing family home, taking advantage of contrasting and complementary materials and forms to relate and co-exist alongside the existing plastered brick house.
Construction nearing completion...
A new home on a steeeeep site in Auckland's Eastern Bays.
The house takes its form from an element constituting both roof and wall planes, which folds its way down the slope, linking each level of the home. The folding form contains and encloses spaces both internally and externally.
Currently under construction...
A rear addition and internal reconfiguration of a traditional timber weatherboard Bungalow on a small site. The heavyweight brick clad massing of the annex addition contradicts the stereotypical lightweight lean-to add-ons commonly found on older character homes, and creates a contemporary private sunken living space opening to a contained outdoor semi-courtyard.
A fluidly shaped in-ground concrete pool in a rear yard overlooking One Tree Hill in Auckland, working with the gently sloping topography of the site. The pool is surrounded in part by a planted ha-ha forming the pool fencing and exposing the textural shuttered concrete wall in contrast to the honed concrete coping.
A faceted wall forms the backdrop and defines the shape of this concrete pool and surrounding landscape. Off-set floating timber platforms provide access to the elevated pool and seating area
The topography of this rural site provided the inspiration for the form of this angular pool and outdoor living area, as an extension to the indoor spaces of the existing house.
The native bush provides a dramatic backdrop to the exposed edge of the pool wall. Sculptural steel frames provide a sense of enclosure & containment to the upper level outdoor living area, while a controlled palette of materials provides a contemporary tactile aesthetic.
An office fit-out for a ticketing company in Auckland, utilising ply panelling in contrast to the raw industrial brick and block of the building structure. Folding planes and angles utilised throughout create organic and fluid insertions, metaphorically referencing historical paper ticket books in a digital age.
Currently under construction.
A residential addition and alteration to a 1920's house on an elevated site in Northcote Point in Auckland. We saw the introduction of the substantial basement garage as an uncharacteristic addition to the remnants of the existing character home, so the design response was to treat the addition as a contrasting but complementary plinth on which the existing house sits.
The interior of the home has been reconfigured to better relate to the site, outlook, and sunlight, and the introduction of a large open terrace located on top of the new garage plinth with free access to interior spaces, makes use of the northerly aspect and elevation.
The materials used in the addition relate to the historic characteristics of the existing home, and the crafted tactile nature of the cladding, integrated garage door, and continuity of the cladding onto the landscape walls will provide an interesting contemporary aesthetic, and street presence.
Currently under construction.
A fit-out of the new headquarters for an e-commerce company, utilising various integrated elements to demarcate working, social, and break-out spaces within an overall open plan environment.
Currently under construction.
A double level rear addition to an existing modernist home on a sloping site in suburban Auckland. The design picks up on the rectilinear forms and materiality of the existing house, as well as the topography of the site, outlook, and internal programme, to create a complimentary but contrasting contemporary extension.
Construction underway shortly.
An extensive addition and alteration to an existing 70's home on an elevated cliff-top site in Auckland's East Coast Bays. The design is generated by accentuating the contextual attributes of the site, building upon the bones of the existing house, and metaphorically referencing the local topography, headlands, and bays in the immediate vicinity. The result is a building form with interesting and irregular facets, spaces, and a materials palette which will age and weather with the surrounding local coastal context.
Currently in the design stages.
A selection of other current projects in the design stages...
A selection of hardscapes & softscapes
A selection of handcrafted objects, furniture, and custom integrated sculpture either constructed in-studio, or fabricated integrally as part of a larger project.