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An artistic design in harmony with the surroundings while embracing contemporary artwork

This was the overall brief as well as amenity that invited the outside in with views from every room from this elevated Christchurch hill site.

Further there was a need to design for predominately neutral colours inside and out and to provide interior local spaces ideal for displaying the original artwork of both Margaret (painting and internationally acclaimed textiles) and Graeme for his sculptural work.

Designed for inviting the outside in from every room

All key spaces and thoroughfares are provided with a window to expansive views to the city and beyond. Rooms relate to each other in respect to size and location particularly well which also enables views to be obtained through adjoining spaces.

The first floor is mainly for open plan living. A feature is a more formal sitting space/lounge which can be closed off with large glass sliders closing to an external corner. The main bedroom is also on the first floor which has a captain’s window that allows you to sit up in bed and take in the view.

The other bedrooms which are on the ground floor connect to a thoughtfully detailed serviced lounge enabling out of town family members and visitors to have their own special retreat space.

It was a thrill to visit the completed house once it was fully furnished. It is an example of tasteful decor and contemporary interesting furniture complemented by exuberant and skilled artwork.

The exterior is completed using block veneer, James Hardie Titan panel and timber and aluminium louvre blades. The louvres are used to provide both shade and privacy.

Window glass is also by louvre panes on some windows which help to develop the lineal architectural theme as well as being a way to provide large and secure ventilation openings at first floor level.

Design features

  • The exterior treatment includes concrete. block veneer, James Hardie Titan panel and timber and aluminium louvre blades.
  • The exterior blades and deck help to deal with the risk of overheating in summer.