Located in the leafy suburb of Remuera in central Auckland, this New Zealand home designed by and for Paul Clarke from Studio2 Architects is an architect’s private home designed using recycled timber which pays tribute to the original house on its site, while creating a new design personalised to the architect’s family. While the house presents an integrative face to the street, it contains some surprises beyond the front entrance.
The footprint and some aspects of the interior floorplan of the previous house are reflected in the creation of this new family home. All spaces are open to its northerly aspect, with recycled timber sliding shutters in place of curtains to allow for full enjoyment of the mature trees and landscaping that surround the architect’s private home. Recycled timber weatherboards from the previous home are reused in different areas, including the kitchen where they make up cabinet fronts and mask the kitchen appliances.
The homeowners’ two sons and the family’s dynamic are reflected in the naming of the house – House #3 – and also in the experimental detailing in the in-situ concrete formwork that acts as an architectural feature of the home. The width of the in-situ concrete formwork also recalls the weatherboards of the previous house.
An architect’s own private home that explores a sense of belonging, House #3 has sculptural features such as the peaked architectural skylights that protrude above the roofline and an interior design palette that is moody and uses a variety of natural materials to create a richness in texture, such as the recycled timber.
Architecture and Interior Design by Studio2 Architects.
Featuring Kitchen Appliances by Fisher & Paykel.
Video Production by The Local Project.
Filmed by Swell Productions.
Photography by Simon Wilson.
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