Single Residential
Mangere Bridge // Auckland, NZ
Status: Design Development

This existing post-war dwelling requires significant restoration to work for this large family group. The client has been in this family home for some 30 years and has played host to many events for the ever-growing extended family. The approach is to make sense of what is good and open things up to provide ample space for entertaining numerous people providing connection to backyard and Manukau Harbour on it's doorstep. With a humble budget, use of cost-effective and durable building elements is crucial which actually drive the implementation of architectural simplicity. Instead of pouring cost into creating enclosed building envelope, there is the playful notion of enclosure by using simple pergola structures to enhance the interior and drawing the occupants to 'spill out' on the terracing, which acts as circulation and seating for one of the many family talent shows which take place around Christmas time.

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