An alteration inspired by original villa architecture is transformed into a contemporary family home.
We decided on a simple material and colour palette that exemplifies the qualities of the pitched roof and the grand proportions.
— Liz Tjahjana, Pac Studio
The principal strengths of the original dwelling were used as starting points for the design.
At Twin Peaks, an alteration to a historic villa in central Auckland, the original architecture provided the inspiration for a very contemporary and comfortable dwelling for a young family.
The brief presented by the owners was to expand the living areas of the house while fundamentally reimagining the way the spaces could be used. The principal strengths of the original dwelling were used as the starting points for the design.
While the existing floor plate was small, the roof was set at a lofty height and each small room was bathed in light by large windows. These two features – grand proportions and quality of light – were adapted and extended in a new addition at the rear of the house that is finished with a simple palette of tactile and rich materials.