Renovation? Or a Reinvention?
This is one heck of a remodel, I’d say. From a 1920s bungalow to a contemporary shed home, this Auckland treasure takes the cake! Both playful and sophisticated at the same time, I would live here in a heartbeat…. wouldn’t you?
The bones of the old house remain and have received a fresh, clean-lined skin of natural Zincalume and plywood. The linear axis of the original ‘shotgun’ plan has been reinforced by the alignment of new structural elements to enhance the connection with the site and the landscape beyond toward Mangawhau – Mt Eden. The street façade presents complementary elements varying in form and texture with the central, illuminated ‘lantern’ courtyard marking the entrance. At the rear, the outdoor room and adjacent master bedroom suite provide transitions between interior spaces and the garden with views to the mountain. A palette of naturally expressed materials has been used from smooth, ‘off the form’ concrete to rough, caged scoria, excavated from the site for the swimming pool, in the galvanized mesh cages of the gabion walls.
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