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From the Resene News – issue 4/2002

Modpod for everybod - 'Pacific Rim' Kiwi bach


'Pacific Rim' Kiwi bachWrapped in James Hardie Linea weatherboards, underpinned by a 'Pacific Rim' design philosophy and full of surprises behind every wall and in every storage area, the 'modpod' is an ingenious twist on the traditional kiwi bach.

A key design challenge for this collaboration between Master Builders Haven NZ Ltd, Red Turtle Design and CTM Architectural was the restricted floor space - imposed by the intention to relocate the 'modpod' to Matarangi Beach Golf Estates following the Auckland Homeshow. This required a lightweight, flexible cladding system and timber flooring. The crisp linear aspect coated in Modpod Tope (Resene Half Pravda - sober beige) wraps into the house via an enclosed deck, with both weatherboards and decking continuing inside the main living area in a softer finish of Modpod Mini Tope (Resene Quarter Pravda). Warm contrast is delivered on exterior plaster using Modpod Mini Toto (Resene Fahrenheit - rich raisin red).

Restricted space encouraged a focus on versatile functionality. At one end of the main living area, a full-height veneer wall hides a sleek family-sized kitchen. Extra fold-out bench space is contained in a multi-purpose mobile grill that doubles as an outdoor BBQ. A fold-away bed discretely hidden in a wall cabinet re-configures the study cum games room to a guest bedroom.

Underpinning the unexpected spaciousness, the interior living area, laundry, halls, wardrobes and ceiling are completed in Modpod Echo (Resene Half Joanna - green toned neutral). Judicious touches of colour of Modpod Guava (Resene Lusty - orange red) in the toilet,Modpod Hunter (Resene Quarter Granny Smith - blue green) in the second bedroom and Modpod Anemone and Modpod Toi Toi (varying strengths of Resene Schist - grey green) in the master bedroom and study give the house personality without compromising the carefully nurtured airy atmosphere.

'Pacific Rim' Kiwi bach

Numerous decks offer privacy and provide shelter from windy and wet weather conditions, so occupants can enjoy the great outdoors no matter what Mother Nature has planned.

Following its debut at the Auckland Homeshow the 'modpod' has been fittingly relocated to Matarangi Beach Golf Estates. Open to view throughout Summer 2002-2003, this is the best excuse you'll get to go surfside this summer.

Architect: CTM Architectural
Building Contractor: Gary Millington, Haven NZ Ltd
Designer: Victoria McAnulty, Red Turtle Ltd
Resene: Gareth Welch, South Auckland Trade Sales Representative
Photographer: Stephen Roke

 

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