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The construction of a contemporary house in a neighborhood of heritage houses required careful architectural consideration.


The house on the site was renovated in the ’80s, which resulted in pink render cladding and stepped windows.   The client's brief was to convert this 'pink house', into a modern family home, taking advantage of the site's location with extending views across the neighbouring park.  


The condition of the existing house suggested the complete demolition but the careful process of stripping back the envelope to expose the house’s bone structure allowed the creation of a simple and contemporary barn.

GDA's Architectural solution was to reinstate the white painted timber weatherboards, to complement the heritage neighbours, while large sliding aluminium screens hide the obviously contemporary-sized windows & doors to the street front.  The rear elevation of the new house is less bashful about its contemporary status; being almost completely glazed on two floors.

On the ground floor, full-width glass sliding doors allow uninterrupted access from the open plan kitchen/living/dining room into the private garden.


On the first floor, full-width sliding doors allow private access onto the first-floor deck from the master bedroom suite and first-floor living, 

providing fantastic views across to Rangitoto Island in the Waitemata Harbour and the neighbouring park.

Guy Davies Architects.

Completed 2021

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