Designing a modern house for a young family, Pohio Adams Architect has introduced space, light and robust materials to provide the clients with a home that would last for years. Beginning the house tour from the Centennial Park entrance, the architect has reinvigorated the two formal living rooms with coffered ceilings and, where needed, has replicated the missing cornices throughout the interior architecture. Alongside this, the master bedroom has been imbued with privacy and given a luxuriously proportioned ensuite. Throughout Queens Park House, the architect has continued to infuse a fundamental connection to the gardens while also introducing a wealth of light.
Responding to the client’s desire to connect to the surroundings, Pohio Adams Architects has opened the rear of the house with a series of French doors. Established to create a visual connection, the French doors enhance the modernisation of the interior while also connecting to the backyard and pool. By positioning the key living areas at the rear – the kitchen, dining and living spaces – the architect has introduced open plan living for the family’s dream home. Additionally, when designing a modern house, the architect has implemented an extra powder room and scullery laundry that sits just off the kitchen.
Throughout designing a modern house, the architect has chosen black timber floors to showcase a continuity from the old parts of the home into the new. Simple oak joinery has also been employed through the main living spaces to provide a robustness and comfort to the living areas, while aged brass is used for detailing and hardware. Emphasising the home’s modern renovations, handmade Moroccan tiles have been placed in the bathrooms and kitchen. Offering comfort and warmth, the interior design connects to the exterior through material and architectural choices made by the architects when designing a modern house.
To complement the interior when designing a modern house, Pohio Adams Architects has used a full suite of Fisher & Paykel appliances – including an integrated French door fridge and a kitchen island, which includes a cool drawer and full stack dishwasher, a gas cooktop, ovens and extractor hood. Following a long-standing working relationship with Fisher & Paykel, the architect has employed the brand’s appliances throughout the home to directly respond to the client’s desire to enhance the way they live for years to come.
00:00 – Introduction to The Modern House
00:29 – The Architects and The Location
00:49 – A 1980s House Renovation
01:10 – The Brief
01:29 – A Walkthrough The House
02:22 – Reinstating The Original Details
02:33 – A Simple Material Palette
03:09 – Creating a Functional Home
03:21 – The Full Suite of Fisher & Paykel Appliances
03:48 – The Design of The Appliances
04:25 – The Park Setting and Views
05:08 – Working in Heritage Areas with Heritage Houses
05:40 – The Transformation of The House
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Photography by Justin Alexander.
Architecture and Interior Design by Pohio Adams Architects.
Build by Laycock Constructions.
Landscape by Garden Life
Structural Engineering by Structure Consulting Engineers.
Hydraulic Engineering by JHA Consulting Engineers.
Heritage Consulting by Weir Phillips Heritage and Planning.
Appliances by Fisher & Paykel.
Filmed by Dan Preston.
Edited by O&Co. Homes.
Production by The Local Project.
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