atelier workshop: mckenzie house, new zealand
atelier workshop: mckenzie house, new zealand atelier workshop: mckenzie house, new zealand
jan 26, 2013
atelier workshop: mckenzie house, new zealand

‘mckenzie house’ by atelierworkshop, hawkes bay, new zealand
image © paul mccredie
all images courtesy of bonnifait + giesen




bonnifait + giesen used the architectonics of a shed to design a residence for a musician. although the footprint of the house is quite small, the designers co-opted living spaces as recording and rehearsal studios. the completely open plan continues to the mezzanine level, which contains the sole bedroom. enhanced by an enclosed terrace space, the house’s slatted wood walls remain an important element both inside and in the exterior. the language of verticality present in the grains and slats of the wood is also in the metal ridging of the roof and mezzanine level exterior walls. the house is embedded in the landscape of the client’s family orchard. the metal roof juts out over the rows of apple trees, a welcome geometry in the soft green hills of hawkes bay.

the house is located on the client’s family orchard
image © paul mccredie
all images courtesy of bonnifait + giesen

the open plan allows for the first floor to be used as a recording studio and living space
image © paul mccredie

(left) bathroom
(right) kitchen
images © paul mccredie

the mezzanine level contains the master bedroom
image © paul mccredie





east elevation



north elevation






floor plan level 1



plan/mezzanine level

1. living room

2. dining room

3. kitchen

4. bathroom

5. study


7. bedroom

8. void



project info:



project name: mckenzie house

main purpose: residential

design: bonnifait + giesen, atelierworkshop

location: havelock north, hawkes bay, nz

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