Nihinihi Avenue
Elizabeth Street
Marine Parade
Essex Road
Grosvenor Street
Cumberland Street
Easterbrook
Winsomere Crescent
Williamson Ave
Westmere Park Ave
Ashley Ardrey
Coopers Beach House
Ebisu Restaurant
Ewen Alison Ave
Hurstmere Rd Brew Bar
Martin House
Matapana Road
Nihinihi Avenue
Obstetric Clinic
Rice Restaurant
Robinson House
Rutherford House
Shoebox
Tyler Street Garage
West End Rd
Whites Road
Lynch Street
Godden Cres
Kirkmay
Allum Street
Archdall
John Street
Kawau Island
Queen Street Apartment
Scotts Landing
Seaview Avenue
Shorwell Street
Te Ahu Ahu Road
Wellpark Ave
William Denny
broomfields
colchester
Raglan
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Raglan
2010

Best Awards Silver 2011.

Located to capture views over the river estuary and distant harbour entrance, this modern holiday home is a composition of separate forms - two black-stained timber boxes that overhang a concrete plinth. Full of surprises, the house transforms effortlessly from cozy individual spaces to open plan when required. A covered deck opening from the living space provides another intimate space within the whole. (Judges comment) Previously occupied by a tiny Kiwi bach, the site, across the road and one house back from the water, had great potential to make the most of the available views and sun. Having lived in the bach for several years the client required a house that would maximise light and space, whilst maintaining a degree of privacy and separation from its predominantly “suburban” neighbours. The brief required flexibility in the living spaces so that they could open into each other to maximize each space, or alternatively be closed down from each other creating a cozy environment. Nooks and alcoves were specifically requested. Conceptually the house is comprised of separate forms: two black-stained timber boxes sitting on an insitu concrete plinth to enhance the living space views. This plinth houses the downstairs bedrooms (two), bathroom/laundry and double garage, large enough to accommodate a boat.