Green walls and gables

Green walls and gables

Architect
Matter Architects
Location
New Zealand | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Simon Devitt
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
TimberAbodo
WoodsmanResene
Divine TilingArtedomus
Joinery, APLFairview
Appliances Fisher & Paykel

Product Spec Sheet
Woodsman
Divine Tiling
Joinery, APL
Appliances

Green walls and gables

Matter Architects as Architects

An existing bungalow occupied the site when we were first engaged. The young family of 5 living within required more space and a greater connection to the land.

The decision was made to work with the existing bungalow, there was a love for this house, choosing to embrace the inherit constraints.

We removed the existing rooflines and cloaked the home with two new slipped gable forms, simplifying the overall shape and gaining an upper level. The new roofs drape over the home and into the garden. Green walls and screening soften areas, blurring thresholds with the landscaping, creating filtered light and privacy where intended.

Areas of the home beneath the cloaks have been carved away including the entrance, a void above the living room, and a playful window that angles out from the stairway to the street. These openings connect interior & exterior spaces in a playful manner, allowing the occupants to read the forms and natural light to caress selected elements of the home.

The living area flows out to a northern garden, delineated by a pool and flat lawn. The northern elevation reflects these exterior spaces with the use of vertical timber screening to the living and a large opening appearing to be carved into the home adjacent to the pool. The screening filters light, protecting and creating intimacy, while the opening exudes an explosion of joy into the pool merging it with the house. A servery window to the pool space further creates the feeling of relaxation and holidaying at home…

A new double height entrance invites people inside, breaking the building between the slipped rooflines and creating a magic light well, illuminating the interior forms and sculptural steel staircase. This staircase continues the same detailing of the screening from outside to in, and provides a petite viewing platform looking down onto the entry.

Playful bedroom windows look into the entrance, communicating with each other and providing a stage for the children.

This is a special project for a lovely family, the outcome illustrating a resolved, unique, and innovative design.

Innovative, sustainable materials clad the home, alongside the areas where green walls will develop over time, growing with the family as the home becomes more characterful with age.

This home is about family and playful spaces, wrapped in a simple form, made up of beautiful small details.

 

Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: timber, Vulcan cladding, Abodo
2. Flooring: European oak, 
3. Windows: Fairview joinery, APL
4. Roofing: E Tray, standing seam

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