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State House Extension

Westmere, Auckland

New and old are counterbalanced in this modern addition to a 1930s Westmere state house unit. The addition, a separate structure, is a contemporary interpretation of the existing house’s solid form and materials, with a cohesive aesthetic achieved by using the same brick cladding in a rusticated form and colour. The new building is accessed via a glazed walkway that emphasises both the physical separation of forms while drawing attention to the mechanism of connection. The ‘new’, set one-metre lower than the ‘old’, is comprised of an open-plan living area, kitchen and dining area. The close proximity to the ground plane anchors the addition in the landscape; the open and connected relationship with the garden is a stark contrast to the enclosed nature of the brick cottage.

New and old are counterbalanced in this modern addition to a 1930s Westmere state house unit. The addition, a separate structure, is a contemporary interpretation of the existing house’s solid form and materials, with a cohesive aesthetic achieved by using the same brick cladding in a rusticated form and colour. The new building is accessed via a glazed walkway that emphasises both the physical separation of forms while drawing attention to the mechanism of connection. The ‘new’, set one-metre lower than the ‘old’, is comprised of an open-plan living area, kitchen and dining area. The close proximity to the ground plane anchors the addition in the landscape; the open and connected relationship with the garden is a stark contrast to the enclosed nature of the brick cottage.

  • FIRM

    PAC Studio

  • Type

    Single Dwellings, Residential Estate

  • Design Style

    Contemporary

  • Architect / Designer

    PAC Studio

  • Location

    Auckland

  • Status

    Completed

  • Year

    2013

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