Behind the walls of the Red Fort

Several years ago we designed a Mediterranean  influenced garden and home in Brookby.  Its garden has finally matured enough to publish some initial pictures. The walls and garden courtyard were strongly  influenced by my visits over the years to The Alhambra in Granada. Italian Pencil Pines and star Jasmine are combined with popular New Zealand native hedging to good effect.

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New Farmhouse for Clevedon

10 March 2010 New Farmhouse for Clevedon

It has been a very busy start to the year with a number of new houses and developments being prepared by out office at the moment. Pictured above is a new single level 556m2 farm house proposed for a site in Clevedon. It will consist of painted brickwork, with stone landscape walls, corrugated roof and black weatherboard accessory buildings.  The form of the building is broken into modules to create a repeated visual  rhythm and moderate human scale, while facilitating staged construction.  Construction is due to proceed in the next few months.

Another Subdivision Approved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thus far, our office has had good luck having subdivisions in Whitford approved under Proposed Plan Change 8. Six new residential lots have been approved (with one residual lot and one access lot) for Turanga Creek Estate Vineyard at 133Whitford Park Road and Brownhill Road. These new lots are clustered around a seasonal waterway with lush native planting. Future residents will also be able to enjoy a close association with the wider vineyard setting, and facilities including the cellar door, proposed tasting room, restaurant and wine bar on the property.

The first of six new Mediterranean style villas is to be constructed on the estate (pictured). These will be built by local craftsmen to

Great Outdoor Kitchen Designs

10 August 2009 Great Outdoor Kitchen Designs

It is an ideal situation having a Registered Architect‘s technical knowledge brought to bear in the designing hard landscaping such outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.  Knowledge of Landscape Architecture alone is not sufficient to obtain a well crafted or functional outcome.

We particularly enjoy creating ‘in-between’ space including outdoor kitchens and fires. This design has echoes of the tropical east with lotus plants in elevated pots, surrounded by buxus hedging. The Kitchen and BBQ area has a central fire clad in bluestone and capped off in copper to match the existing house. Bamboo, banquettes with multi-coloured cushions,  tropical wall hung reliefs and a sculpture of Buddha complete this oriental ensemble.

Fabulous new 17m Roman pool with symmetrical stone pavilions

Given a brief to design a pool, an outdoor kitchen, and a sitting area, we came up with an Italianate landscape concept. The proposed pool was a 17 x 4 Roman style pool based around classical proportions.  We added Anduze pots on plinths to the sides of it, similar to the pool at Serre de la Madone in the south of France that I visited with clients in 2006. The small stone and plaster buildings are composed around a paved courtyard with inlaid potpourri patterned basalt cubes.

The outdoor kitchen faces down the pool to the existing house on axis. The loggia is symmetrical around a large fireplace, with banquettes facing each other.

Turanga Creek Cellar Door Now Open

28 May 2009 Turanga Creek Cellar Door Now Open

The sketch has turned into reality. The Turanga Creek vineyard cellar is now open.  This old stables building was renovated with lime washed walls, replacement roofing, and new interior fit-out. Tastings are available Wednesday through Sunday, or by appointment. The next part of this  design project is to complete construction drawings for the main restaurant and tasting rooms – pictured below

Traditional French Farmhouse

Traditional French Farmhouse  20 February 2010

Over the past few month we have been finalising the design for a French style Farmhouse. Composition, materiality and detail is drawn from the memory of my travels through Europe and extensive research into the construction of traditional ‘mas’.  The project has been re-interpreted and re-synthesised into a form that relates to our New Zealand lifestyle, environment, build-ability and building standards. Multiple roof forms, colours and detail combine to create the ad-hoc feel and liveliness of a Provencal village in summer.

New Modern Farmhouse for Whitford

Originally published Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Design has been completed for this new farmhouse that is nestled in Whitford’s Plan Change 8 zone.  It is 350m2 with huge north facing cedar sarked porches that overhang large decks.  Blackened cedar weatherboards are counterpointed against rust coloured feature walls. Inside, European bathroomware and and ultra modern kitchen will grace the extensively tiled floors. Construction will be completed early 2012.

‘Tuscan’ Traditional – Mediterranean Masonry Home for Regis Stage Two Whitford/Flatbush

Friday, April 01, 2011

This stunning Tuscan classic solidly built new house has been designed for the Regis Stage Two subdivision on the outskirts of Whitford.

This traditional Italianate-look home is a combination of plastered and bagged brick with a Spanish clay tile roof. Completed floor area would be in excess of 340m2. The kitchen boasts modern Mediterranean styling, with stone and/or stainless steel bench tops, and all Italian tapware and sanitary fixtures. The overall size of the final shape of the floor plan is yet to be firmly established for this design, being dependent on client wishes and site selection.  As architects we would provide full design services tailored to personal requirements and brief. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing or commissioning one of these homes

 

Monopitch for Regis Stage Two Whitford

Ultra-Modern Monopitch for Regis Stage Two Whitford/Flatbush – Monday, May 02, 2011

The chic look of this contemporary new house has been designed for the Regis Stage Two subdivision on the outskirts of Whitford.

The exterior of the building is clad in cedar weatherboard and cavity concrete, and incorporates a low pitch profile steel roof.  Floor area is in excess of 280m2+. External columns, fireplace and chimney are to be built in locally quarried stone or similar. The kitchen boasts modern European styling, with granite and/or stainless steel bench tops, and Italian tapware. Views from the large glazed panels will be magnificent across re-vegetated native planted gullies. The overall size of the final shape of the floor plan is yet to be firmly established for this design, being dependent on client wishes and site selection. As architects we would provide full design services tailored to personal requirements and brief. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing or commissioning one of these homes.