Wood Works


Images by Mark Smith

This four bedroom family home, over looking Cox’s Bay and the western reaches of the Waitemata Harbour, sits among an eclectic collection of properties on a quiet suburban street.

The house has been designed to replace a small and ramshackle house whose previous owner had covered almost the entire site in concrete. The new design sought to establish an interesting connection between architecture and landscape through a series of courtyards, lush gardens and an integrated approach to the formal qualities of the architecture and landscape design.

The sculptural main form twists and ramps-up from the discrete street frontage over a cluster of organic ‘pod’ forms containing bedrooms, a lounge and kitchen. The main living spaces and circulation areas are seemingly held between these pod forms, giving a relaxed air and fluidity to the spaces. Dark timbers and terracotta combine with ramping floors, sunken seating areas and hidden doors to offer a rich, playful interior.

The home also features extensive built-in furniture, shelving units and a sculptural cantilevered staircase. Stretching out along the narrow site and opening onto a series of intimate courtyards, the house stops short of the sea to form a private waterside oasis.

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Stevens Lawson Architects Limited

T (09) 377 5376

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