Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof.
This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters.
It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home.
The interior is an assortment of a somewhat modern but completely unpretentious style. The contoured concrete surfaces help keep the indoor temperature cool. Openings and partition walls are also used instead of traditional ceilings and walling to offer privacy without completely closing off the space so it feels open and light.
There are interesting and smartly placed windows that allow sunlight to filter through the rooms without glare or the need for shades. Translucent panels let brightness in but still keep things concealed.
The exposed wood and laid back furniture soften the look of the concrete and add to the personality of the house.
The façade pulls it all together, with each area receiving its own distinctive exterior look.
The building supplies of precast concrete, plywood, plastic and quarry tile are commonly found materials in the area, but the way they are composed is not at all commonplace.
This original home design also has useful green features like a system to recycle rainwater. A passive solar paneling installment helps heat water for indoor use.
With a beachy feel, pond and manicured spots of green grass, the yard on one side is a fun hangout area but the other section offers coveted views of nearby harbors from the balcony, and maybe even an occasional sailing adventure.
Photography by Patrick Reynolds and © Mitchell & Stout Architects.
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