An alteration on a traditional villa in an Auckland inner city suburb. The client’s brief was to modernise the home and create an additional master bedroom, living space and outdoor recreational areas. Maximisation of space presented the design team with a particular challenge, considering the site is compact, situated in a heritage area, with no room to extend on the existing building.
The solution was to reconfigure the existing floor plan and living spaces, and a new first floor level with masterbedroom suite was added. The house was also extended towards the back of the site to include a new pool and outdoor living spaces.
There is a strong emphasis on contrasting the old with the new, the architectural form of the first floor level is configured as a sharp-edged sculptural form, delicately positioned directly onto the structural bones of the villa below. An intentional contrast of sculptural architectural forms to offset against a traditional iconic villa. Central to the successful redesign was a focus on rethinking of how living spaces could be re-arranged to create a formal, yet modern take on contemporary family living on a compact inner city site.