An urban walled courtyard house occupying a tough public site, this home was designed for my own family. Brick construction references a material used in many of the original houses in the neighbourhood and provides a memory of the previous house on the site.
Located on a compact infill section, the 180-square-metre house is an example of what suburban living in Auckland’s future can be. With smaller sites, the neighbours are physically closer and so issues of privacy and sunlight become even more pertinent.
In a cramped, steep site on one of the busiest residential streets in Ponsonby, Auckland, there was magic to be found in the form of a dilapidated 110-year old heritage villa. Over two years, the three-bedroom, one-bathroom villa was transformed into a beautiful and functional, cozy family home.
This industrial-style house, designed with Andrew Kissell, is located in the inner city on the fringes of the central business district in Auckland. The challenge was to create a space that could be used as a home, a sanctuary in the middle of the city on a limited budget.
It is envisaged that the Westmere House will play host to meditation retreats and spiritual workshops. This is also a healthy house specifically designed to minimise toxins and electromagnetic radiation.
Our clients purchased Salisbury House on a large west facing section as a gutted shell with a new concrete slab poured for a garage addition to the street frontage, and a slab at the rear of the villa for additional living spaces.