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Khandallah Infill

Completion : August 2014

Contractor : David Reid Homes Wellington

Designed using a simple palette of forms and materials the home achieves a striking streetscape and unusual carved out internal spaces.

Two volumes were used - a black zinc main body, which is wrapped on three sides with a cedar-clad form - creating exciting and unusual elevations and internal spaces. The planning is organised around a long circulation stairway travelling from the generous street level entry void up through three floors, culminating in a quiet reading space that opens to the another double height void opening to the rear yard. The homes functions are organised in succession from public to private through this lineal circulation space.  The main living area is facing the north sun with an outdoor courtyard area well placed to make both an excellent entertaining area, and make good use of passive thermal gain.  From this level, a study space is projected toward the pavement, while more private bedroom spaces inhabit the upper levels and overlook the site.

On the exterior, Euroline cladding are contrasted against the texture of cedar and honed block. The interior uses timber floors and steel staircase juxtaposed against the vertical timber screens, visual connecting the circulation through the living spaces.  Daylight at the top of the stairs filters down to the elegant kitchen below where a butler’s pantry is hidden within the honed block wall.  The living then flows to the outdoors where terraced and well landscaped spaces creates a liveable extension to the home.

Nic Ballara realised this commission as Project Architect while a director at bbc architects <>.  

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