Projects & Journal

Hawthorn - Courtyard House
project 02.12.21

Hawthorn - Courtyard House

Designed by the Melbourne based architecture practice Ha, Courtyard House is a heritage-listed home inspired by Japanese architecture and Zen principles. The renovation was completed discreetly, with no visible presence of an addition beyond.

 

Upon arrival, hidden doorways lead to bedrooms; meanwhile, a lightwell above draws you further along a convoluted path until the central courtyard is revealed. Carved out of the original footprint, the courtyard creates a north-facing living space. Operable timber screens allow the inhabitants to adjust for changing light and climatic conditions — and effect a harmonious juxtaposition of cross-hatched timber with the garden’s organic elements of greenery, water and stone.

 

Beyond the courtyard, a dramatic new double height pavilion serves as the house’s main living area. The east-facing room is designed to inspire a daily morning yoga practice. Throughout the house, framed views to a sequence of garden spaces further evoke the clients’ desired ambience of tranquility.

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Tara Iti - Fielding's House
project 02.12.21

Tara Iti - Fielding's House

Cheshire Architect's Fielding house is a glazed pavilion sitting in the dunescape above a coastal golf links.

The two planes of roof and main floor are joined by three timber clad conic forms that house fireplace, bathrooms and kitchen. A partial lower floor is reached by lift and houses guest suite, garage, storage and plant room.

The glass pavilion is a familiar form in mid-century architecture and is here given some complexity as the cones break up the open expanse of the house.
They provide enclosure amid the open pavilion and unexpected revelation of the house’s spaces and the views beyond as one moves between the gently inclined walls. In a wide open landscape the presence of the tapered forms supporting the roof above slows the sitting space and induces a sense of calm repose from which to embrace the wide horizon.


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A Heritage Ponsonby Home
project 18.05.21

A Heritage Ponsonby Home

Creating spaces with feeling is something Olivia Moon, founder of Nodi Rugs, is passionate about, and combining old and new is her go-to tool for making a house feel like home. “I love pieces that have already lived for 100 years and will continue for another 100; great design will last that long.”

 

Muted earth tones come together here in texturally rich palette of paint, plaster, marble, linen, jute and wool. “We didn’t want this to be a whitewashed house - our aim was to strike a balance between making it clean, elegant and modern without being sterile”

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Dandy Ottoman by Massproductions
journal 06.04.21

Dandy Ottoman by Massproductions

The recent collection of objects created by Belgian designer, maker and art dealer, Arno Declercq pays homage to history and craft by focusing on ancient architecture, tribal arts and design. Each piece of wood is hand-crafted by Arno and his father from one of two types of wood: decades-long dried oak and the tropical hardwood Iroko. The beauty of the veins and the texture of the black solid wood reveals itself in each object in its own, unique way.

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Morris Legal
project 16.03.21

Morris Legal

Morris Legal has recently opened its doors on level 36 of the PwC Tower at Commercial Bay. Since Morris Legal was established in December 2016, the firm’s success has seen it grow by more than 700%.

 

The move is in keeping with the firm’s commitment to deliver unparalleled service to its clients by investing in its staff, offices and the latest technology. Morris Legal’s new offices provide an attractive and collaborative working space for staff and clients, with views across the city and harbour. The offices have three client meeting rooms, which are fully integrated with the latest technology so that clients can attend meetings in person or via videoconference.

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Chapman Tripp
project 15.03.21

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s largest and most successful law firm, home to 450 of the sharpest and most insightful minds in the market.

 

The Auckland workplace houses 280 people including 35 partners. In 2015, W+M engaged with Chapman Tripp on their future property strategy, which eventuated in CT taking three floors in the highly anticipated Commercial Bay development.

 

“Entrancing, beguiling, fascinating, a place you’d want to spend more time. Gives a whole new meaning to going into the office.” - Anne Gibson, Reporter, NZ Herald

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