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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.

Winsomere Cres in Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand by Dorrington Architects & Associates

September 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dorrington Architects & Associates

A contempory home incorporates the charming but time-worn house, and capitalises on the stunning views on offer.

The original house on this waterfront site was a double-skin brick bungalow with warren-like rooms and little connection with the foreshore. The clients liked the traditional detailing of the existing house but wanted to maximise the aspect and views.

Street view, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

  • Architects: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Project: Winsomere Cres
  • Location: Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Completed: 2012
  • Builder: Precision Projects
  • Area: 400m2 including garage
  • Software used: Sketch Up

From living to kitchen, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Philosophically, a renovation was preferred to a new build and as a result, the focus of the design was on an amalgam of the old and new structures.

View from stairs leading into new block, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Formally the house comprises two exisiting and two new blocks, linked by the hallway, foyer and stairs. The existing blocks contain two brick-clad and lined bedrooms, an office and an original art deco bathroom. The new blocks contain the living spaces in a zinc-clad apexed void, and the master suite in a cedar-screened block. These sit on a lower level plinth, which houses a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry and media room.

Oblique of kitchen, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The original brickwork has been stripped back and painted white as part of the re-presentation of the old house, and is further enhanced by the refinished interior doors, double-glazed existing lead-light windows and timber details.

High level glazing, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The house is directed to the view and is arranged so that, on entry from the street, there is a natural progression from the original house through to the new. From the foyer, stairs lead down to the living areas, and the asymmetrically framed view is revealed.

Detail of the front facade, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Roof:  Zinc and membrane roofing

Cladding: Zinc cladding, cedar slatted screens, existing brick – both bagged and solid plastered

Floor: Matai timber strip flooring,  Hilton Solution dyed nylon carpet from Irvine Floorcoverings, New York Cemento tiles from HeritageTiles, White railway tiles from Heritage Tiles, Cork flooring from Cork Concepts

Other: Vitex and oak screens, Media room with stone composite bar and solid oak battened cellar

Transition space from old to new, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Master ensuite, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Terracing to waterfront below the house, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Living room to view beyond, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

From deck looking inside, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Living room view at dusk, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Media room, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

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