Modernism in the Wetlands.
Designing to respond to the particulars of a site is Architecture 101 and this new build in North Canterbury has that part truly sussed. Two courtyards ensure wraparound sun and views from dawn to dusk. One to the east, sits between the living and bedroom wing of the home overlooking the Pegasus wetlands, so it’s the owners’ go-to spot for morning coffee and the paper; another to the north-west comes into its own in the evening, ideal for G&Ts and easy conversation as the day draws to a close.
Built-in elements enhance the cohesiveness of the look. The kitchens and bathrooms feature gaboon-ply cabinetry, and the bench seats alongside the living room fireplace are in the same material. Hoop-pine ceilings counterbalance the heated concrete floors to bring warmth to the palette and underfoot.
Bamboo boardwalks flanking the house are similar to those that criss-cross the extensive wetlands. It means the backyard seems to flow into the landscape. The owners love to get out the bicycles and perambulate along the pathways, they equally love coming home to their low-key mid-century style retreat.
FLOOR AREA HOUSE:
179 square metres
FLOOR AREA UNCOVERED DECK:
78 square metres
Mobile Ceramics ink-jet printed,
Lightplan LED lights