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One of the last remaining large residential sections in a well-established suburb in Tauranga. The client, coming from a modernist architectural beachfront home requested a complete contrast. A New Zealand architectural classic - The distinct weatherboard Villa.'

We had to design the home with modern family living being essential. One of the main requirements of the brief was to create a degree of separation between adult and teenage spaces. However, these spaces had to be flexible and needed to function as one when required.

An intersecting the floor plan with a central living courtyard the home forms two wings. The courtyard, adjoining the main family living creates an axis extending to the pool. One of the reasons for this design was to shield the entertaining areas from prevailing winds but mainly to create privacy from the surrounding properties. It also functions to link the two wings as a large communal family space. View shafts through both wings allow for natural light and close connectivity to other living zones and exterior landscapes.

Bricks reclaimed from a demolished hotel following the Christchurch earthquake wrap the two fireplaces, entry and landscape features. This, in conjunction with timber wall paneling, pressed tin ceiling panels and fastidious craftsmanship form a timeless architectural response but refined to meet today’s needs.

This home was commended in the Resene Architectural Design Awards 2017 within the new homes over 300SQM category,
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