A post-earthquake rebuild that acknowledges and playfully interrogates Christchurch’s architectural heritage, this black gable form is exquisitely composed via a process of addition and subtraction. Riffing on the themes of warehouse and home, Flemish bond brick on the tough south edge contrasts with glazing on the north and west façades, offering stolen views through the neighbour’s garden and willow trees to the park. Internally, a raw industrial aesthetic is balanced by elegant detailing. Drama and contrast underpin the architectural configuration, with a steel-lined circulation spine mediating the industrial and the domestic, while dark brick walls dematerialise at night and the building comes out to play.
2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner.
TMCo completed the structural design for this house.
Photo credits to PRau Limited