Photographer: Simon Devitt
This house speaks to New Zealand vernacular with its black long run metal cladding and aluminium joinery. It is a City Home, the sought after Westmere site is the result of a subdivision and now the L-shaped home anchors to one corner with a 100-year-old pohutukawa directly opposite. The front facade has a soft fold in it – it turns to you as if to beckon you in.
Much like a family, the design focuses on interconnection. The kitchen acts as the lynchpin of the design – not only as a metaphoric heart but as the centre of the plan: a reflection of a family who has a passion for cooking and entertaining. The rooms directly converse with each other: from the kitchen, you can see the deck and snug where the children play; or talk to friends at the sofa in the lounge; whilst preparing food together to put on the dining table.