Wellington sites like this one are a delight to discover and work with. The clients had lived in an ex state house here for many years before deciding their future home needed to be warmer, lighter and more inspiring. With a brief that required natural materials and strong energy efficiency, they added the desire to make their home a sculptural element suspended in the bushscape, to embrace and frame the outstanding views - and a killer kitchen.
John Mills Architects were chosen from a short list of architects, for having a warm, contemporary, colourful aesthetic, with subtle detailing, generous use of timbers and a relaxed but evolved feel.
The concept design that they embraced was inspired by the aerial dance of the tui that abound on the site perched on the edge of the town belt.
The ceiling, with its expressionistic composition of six different colour stained ply panels using Resene Colorwood in custom mixed colours, represents the blurred flash of deep incandescent colour one experiences as a tui dives past you in full flight.
This sense of colours was framed by the subtle use of colour on the walls. A deepest off white of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Black White absorbs some of the vast amount of light flowing in from the floor to ceiling windows. This combined with some cool soft blues and green of Resene Gulf Stream, Resene Fountain Blue and Resene Green Smoke, balances the strong ceiling palette and the extensive use of timber finishes that were desired by the owners.
From the untreated flooring, other timber and decking, to the solar water heating and wool insulation, the clients embraced the chance to make an enduring and evocative home. They were keen to explore how open their living level could be.
Contrasting with this notion are the cosy window boxes to perch in while reading in the afternoon sun. Downstairs provides accommodation for the frequent guests that come for a few days and end up staying for weeks captured by the peaceful, inspiring and sunny location.
Without the obligatory garage, this beautifully finished home is at one with the bush. Warm, light and expressive, part nature, part colour spaceship, flying over the bush.
Resene Black White
Resene Gulf Stream
Resene Fountain Blue
Resene Green Smoke
Architectural specifier: John Mills Architects
Building contractor: Planit Construction
Painting contractor: Precision Decorators
Photographer: Paul McCredie
Kitchen: John Calvert
Supplier - ceiling panels: Intercoat
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