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.
Rothesay Bay House in Auckland, New Zealand by Creative Arch Ltd
August 31st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Creative Arch Ltd
This project involved undertaking alterations to an existing family home on the cliff top edge of Rothesay bay, Auckland. The brief included taking advantage of the coastal sea views, providing a modern four bedroom home with separate lounge attached to the master bedroom. The home has been designed around the existing garage and footprint of the existing ground floor, recycling as much of the existing slab and groundwork structures. A combination of cedar shiplap vertical and horizontal, metal cladding and plaster have been used combined with low lying roofs help to break up the buildings form. Working with the existing parameters and layered approach, has resulted in a modern home that rests comfortably between neighbouring high and low properties on a cliff top site.
Design Features/ Creative Solutions
Working with the existing garage and ground floor slab we have repositioned the living and kitchen location to maximise the cliff top views. A scullery has been added which flows through to the laundry and service area. The Western courtyard has been retained providing a sheltered area accessed form the family room. The main living area has been glazed with 2.4m joinery opening the house up to the cliff top views. An outdoor louvre structure adjoins the kitchen providing an outdoor room with an uninterrupted vista.
The bedrooms have been spread out over the upper split level. Two bedrooms located above the garage have been fitted with ranch sliders and full height screen battens which provide the rooms with light, ventilation and privacy as well as a point of difference. The two main bedrooms above the living area have their own dressing areas, ensuites and wrap around decks taking advantage of the Rothesay Bay sea views.
A combination of cedar shiplap vertical and horizontal, metal cladding and plaster have been used. These, combined with low lying roofs, help to break up the buildings form. The box forms have been further integrated with recesses, eyebrow roofs, battens and black joinery providing an interesting contrast between texture and form. Working with the existing parameters and layered approach, has resulted in a modern home which rests comfortably between neighbouring high and low properties on a cliff top site.
Creative Arch is an award winning, multi-disciplined Architectural Design firm which was founded by Director and Architectural Designer Mark McLeay in 1998. Our range of work is as diverse as our clients and encompasses Residential, Renovations and Coastal Developments. It also extends through to Remedial work and Commercial Architectural Design Projects such as the Hugh Brown Drive project.
Client service is paramount at Creative Arch and therefore working as a team is a priority for the designers. Our company is focused on supporting our client’s vision and helping them to perpetuate their dreams through creative architecture. We always take time to listen and to gain a full understanding of our clients’ needs, subsequently offering ideas and working collaboratively with them to achieve the desired result.
We also work closely with other professionals to ensure the project is within budget giving our clients financial assurance. We have strong company values, investing a great deal in systems and computer technology to ensure a consistent and high standard of service for our clients. Visit our website to see for yourself the standards we have achieved consistently over the years through award winning architecture and numerous publications.
Contact Creative Arch Ltd