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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Robinson House in Whitford, Auckland, New Zealand by Dorrington Architects & Associates

 
September 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dorrington Architects & Associates

A much-loved family home with sweeping views warranted a sensitive renovation that acknowledged the original placement and layout.

Front façade of the house at dusk, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

  • Architects: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Project: Robinson House
  • Location: Whitford, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Completed: 2009
  • Area: 621m2
  • Software used: Sketch Up

Master ensuite, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

An extensive renovation project ensued which included a new pool and associated pool house, landscaping, and the re-cladding and roofing of the existing building.

Kitchen to dining room, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The main house features black-stained board and batten gabled  “sheds” in homage to the rural setting. Internally the house was completely re-planned and finished, giving more appropriate priority to the size and layout of the individual spaces.

Indoor tiling continues as paving outside, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The original footprint of the house remained untouched, with the new pool area situated to the west of the house, flowing seamlessly from the living room and guest wing. Tiling throughout the­­ house continues outside as paving, creating an uninterrupted connection from the main house to the pool area.

Kitchen and living illuminated at night, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The pool pavilion is designed as a roof plane sitting lightly on a stone landscape wall at one end and an oversized steel frame at the other. The stone wall steps and continues around the pool area, containing the space.

Kitchen detail, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The pavilion can be entirely opened up or protected from the prevailing wind via glass sliders. A bar and fireplace allow for entertaining adjacent to the main structure.

Entry foyer, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

A reflection pond to the north of the house, viewed from the kitchen and main living, further enhances the feel of light and airiness that plays throughout this home, contrasting with the solid, black cedar timber cladding.

Pool area and pavilion, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Pavilion in relation to the house, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Pool pavilion at dusk, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Media room, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Entry, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Sweeping views seen beyond house as you arrive, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Front façade of the house viewed over the reflection pond, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The pool appears scooped out of the surrounding tiles, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Oversized steel frame of the pavilion, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

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