parsonson architects: seaview house, new zealand
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feb 28, 2013
parsonson architects: seaview house, new zealand


‘seaview house’ by parsonson architects, wellington, new zealand
image © paul mccredie
all images courtesy of parsonson architects

 

 

in new zealand’s capital, located on a hill overlooking the botanical gardens and the wellington harbor to the east, the ‘seaview house’ by local
studio parsonson architects takes its place amidst its closely adjacent neighbors but with a distinctly different architectural language of its own.
the clients, a family composed of a wide range of age groups, needed a spacious home that would accommodate specific needs of privacy, a range
of leisure activities, and common gathering areas. as the sloping site is covered with dense vegetation, the massing strategy placed three floors
between laterally-located barrier walls clad in green corrugated steel panels that shelter the living spaces and help the edifice blend into the greenery.
bedrooms are located in the top floor which is wrapped in a contrasting skin of slender western red cedar louvers that counteract the hard surfaces
of the exterior partitions with the conceptual intention to recover the wooded nature replaced by the construction. the primarily glass facades are open
to the east, offering stunning views and morning sun to the several social spaces stacked vertically over one another, maintaining a certain sense
of separation. a covered indoor swimming pool can be opened to the exterior, sharing the level with extra bedrooms for visiting guests. gallery walls
are integrated into the main living area on the middle floor to display artworks in a warm atmosphere of white vertical elements and warm victorian
ash flooring.

 

 

 


view from the neighboring house
image © paul mccredie

 

 


(left) eastern elevation offering unabated views
(right) wooden planks on the top floor
image © paul mccredie

 

 


entry sequence into the house through a landscaped entryway
image © paul mccredie

 

 


entry courtyard
image © paul mccredie

 

 


living and kitchen areas
image © paul mccredie

 

 


main social space
image © paul mccredie

 

 


image © paul mccredie

 

 


wrapping glass facade allows the user to float above the landscape
image © paul mccredie

 

 


(left) entry area
(right) vertical circulation
image © paul mccredie

 

 


living room
image © paul mccredie

 

 


stairs to the bedroom with wooden cladding appearing in the interior
image © paul mccredie

 

 


swimming pool
image © paul mccredie

 

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

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