City House / Architex

  • 22 Feb 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Simon Devitt

Architects: Architex
Location: Auckland,
Site Area: 400 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Ground Floor Plan

This inner city home is designed for a single client as a retreat from a busy professional life. The 400 m2 site was purchased with an approved Resource Consent for a family home – and so a revised brief was developed to fit into the approved envelope.

© Simon Devitt

The site is developed to its maximum both visually and physically, with a play on transparency and the flow of spaces from in to out. A variety of outdoor rooms complement the bold pavilion forms. They are linked by a circulation gallery – which also creates an axial focus for the full length of the site on entry.

© Simon Devitt

The street pavilion has the potential to become two guest rooms which share a bathroom and lounge area. The rear pavilion is private and contains an indulgent main bedroom suite.

© Simon Devitt

Sliding glass panels disappear into pockets to create open balconies for living and sleeping, and focus on the central courtyard as their oasis. The street facade is particularly private with only a hint of the sophistication that lies beyond in the selection of colour and materials.

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