This client expressed a dislike of simple, rectangular boxes, and a desire for a house with ‘lots of angles and lots of glass’ that would connect it with the natural landscape and frame views of Kingston Beach and kunanyi/Mount Wellington. In response to this vision, we created a design that is multifaceted and sculptural.
Located on a gently sloping bush block, this two-storey house sits on an existing, level clearing, sited to preserve as many significant trees as possible, without compromising on bushfire safety. A focal point of the design is the protected, sunny courtyard that embraces a graceful stand of blue gums. The first floor floats above and offers cover for the outdoor areas. Zoned spaces on the lower level of the home provide entertaining and guest rooms, while the main living and sleeping areas on the top floor pivot around the central courtyard.
Our design connects the house to the bush landscape with neutral colours and stone walls that anchor the house into the hillside. A timber screen meanders along the main stairwell from inside to out, giving privacy and sun protection and a creased roof extends to the courtyard, with generous eaves to protect the timber cladding and extensive glazing from sun and weather.
Status: Completed, 2019
Photography: Adam Gibson
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