Allen Street House

Photographer: Jason Mann

 

Completed:

Dec 2015

Consultant Engineer:

W R Andrew LTD

NZIA 2016 Housing award 

Our Client’s brief was that this house is to be “a joy to live in ”.

The site is located on a steeply sloping (30-45 degrees) Grampians hill overlooking Nelson to the north and views to the Grampians to the east.
The house design addresses the steep site by planning the building over three levels. This allows for vehicular access and garaging at the lower level, the mid-level provides for the living areas, study and master bedroom and access to a flat outdoor landscaped area. This minimises the circulation (stacked stair) on a daily basis up and downstairs. The top-level provides for further bedrooms and access to upper garden area of the site.
The cladding is a combination of cedar faced band sawn plywood and specialist potter ‘liquid iron’ paint. This complements the vegetation on the surrounding hill and avoids a monotone of colour to help the building to recede into the site.
Interior joinery is designed to complement the exterior elements, including the use of gabbon and radiata timber finished in various stains. A central joinery unit in the main living area provides partial separation between the living and kitchen dining areas.

 

Related articles

Lake Pupuke House

“Slid into a tight suburban site, this house, approached through a restricted and somewhat unpromising entry sequence, expands from the front door into a series of most agreeable domestic spaces. A free plan connects a series of carefully modelled rooms to the view and the

Waitamariki House

A house on a prominent hill is sunk into the ground with stone retaining walls. Services are underground with a grass roof. Living areas are nestled into the slope in copper-roofed pavilions that open out to the view. Awards: Auckland Architecture Award (Housing) 2015

Parnell House

“It may be luxurious, eclectic, even glitzy, but there is no duplicity or deceit. Only an overriding confidence, clarity and openness of spirit…..a house whose airy opulence combines purity with luxury – cool surface, clean detailing and an abundance of pure, unadulterated space – in