westmere alteration by crosson clarke carnachan architects

westmere alteration by crosson clarke carnachan architects


westmere alteration by crosson clarke carnachan architects
photo by simon devitt
all images courtesy of crosson clarke carnachan architects

 

 

 

local practice crosson clarke carnachan architects has completed ‘westmere alteration’, a project which forms an extension to a residential property in auckland, new zealand. consisting of two stacked rectangular boxes, the upper volume cantilevers in two directions above the lower, which forms a physical connection with the existing house. at ground level a direct relationship is formed with the outdoor environment, while the upper storey offers expansive sea views.

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consisting of two stacked rectangular boxes, the upper volume cantilevers in two directions above the lower
photos by simon devitt

 

 

 

clad in dark-stained cedar weatherboards, the elevated box features slatted shutters that give privacy to the scheme’s generous provision of glazing. below, the lower volume comprises fully retractable floor-to-ceiling openings, bringing a sense of outdoor living inside the home. the staircase connecting the two levels is housed within a further box clad in cedar ply. both storeys offer generous open-plan living, while bedrooms are accommodated within the existing property.

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at ground level a direct relationship is formed with the outdoor environment
photo by simon devitt

 

 

 

the dark external cladding of the extension is complimented with warm timber interior linings and furnishings. exposed ceilings complete with herringbone struts create a sculptural element within the living space. throughout the project, a depth of materiality, texture and color is incorporated establishing a degree of transparency and expanse that fully connects and resonates with the context of the site.

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at the lower level, the kitchen and dining areas feature floor-to-ceiling glazed windows
photo by simon devitt

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carefully placed apertures offer views across the surrounding landscape
photos by simon devitt

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exposed ceilings complete with herringbone struts create a sculptural element within the dwelling
photo by simon devitt

  • Fine wood working indeed. Beautiful. Clean.
    A good example of Consturctural Realism. Let it show.
    Just don’t let the herringbone cross pieces touch.
    They tend to squeak.

    Dan
    Mar 13, 2014
  • love the manner in which the exposed joists and x bracing have been treated as an element of fine woodworking instead of just slammed together of cheap pine and then concealed

    dbkii
    Mar 11, 2014

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