Heke Street House

A house on a tight site in Freemans Bay. We have tried to make the most of interwoven spaces and light quality while maximising privacy, and to play with the aesthetics of “the wooden house”.

“The Stout/Mitchell house gives an unmistakable message to all who see it: the achievement of real architectural quality comes not from striving for effect but from the identification of principles appropriate to the task, which are then pursued in order to achieve an integration of form and materials. This is a Real House.” – Peter Shaw ‘A History of NZ Architecture’, 1997

“There is a suitable Asian/Pacific influence in the mapping spaces and lack of lush furnishings and fixtures. Yet this simplicity is deceptive. The spaces are expertly layered, from public to private, activity to reflection, coolness to warmth, open to closed, and the construction is meticulous and carefully detailed. The result is a house for living, full of delight and surprise. One in which the life of the inhabitants is engaged with the house in the manner
of a campsite or boat.”
AHI Judges’ comments.


1990 AHI Environmental Design Award

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