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.
Hataitai House in Wellington, New Zealand by John Mills Architects
October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: John Mills Architects
This is a trueWellington home .Spectacular views, but facing the morning sun, with a slope to challenge any engineer. Situated on the eastern flank of Mt Victoria, near the city, with magnificent views over Evans Bay, Shelly Bay, and the Tararua mountain ranges to the north.
The wish was to subtly unfold the interiors, as one climbs up, andultimately deliver the big outlook and outdoor flow to the living rooms. The owners wanted a complex series of private spaces, contrasting with clean yet expressive form and honest finishes.
A strong desire to have a comfortable home has been realised, with the ambient temperature stable at 20 -21 degrees year round with little thermal input due to insulation and passive solar design.
Given the cacophony of building styles in the surrounding area, we attempted to merge with the hillside, and let the vertical geometry provide the Architectural melody. The result is a dynamic indigenous home that embraces family living while creating unique Wellington spaces with playful and practical materials and enduring living comfort.
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