New Houses, Titirangi, Waitakere, Auckland, NZ
Two individually designed houses – designed to ensure privacy to one another and enjoy privatized outlooks.
The two sites, part of a larger site now split to three individual titles take full advantage of a shift in site level, digging in where necessary and coming out level to the mid-drift and either deck to ground or cantilevering. Each have their own aesthetic by way of construction materials chosen. One emphasizes the use of vertically placed timber slats, creating a boxed form, sitting atop a solid concrete base projecting from the site. The other a concrete block constructed external, with heavy double height glazing to the garden and small creek below. each too has been nestled within existing native trees. Totara, Kauri and Punga have been maintained to give an immediacy of address of the house to the landscape, so not having the house sitting on a bare lot. The surrounding bush gives wonderful outlook and sound back drop with the bird songs of Tui, Bellbird and Fantail.
Design & 3D Imagery: © Jonathan Gibb 2011-2012