This family home was designed with a sharply angular roofline to capture views out to the harbour and beyond. Find out how a minimalist material palette was used to achieve a modern aesthetic 

Designed by: Michael Cooper Architects

From the architects:

Sitting on a site overlooking the Gulf Harbour Marina with views looking back to Rangitoto, this idyllic site was perfect for the family of four. 

The brief was to accommodate the family’s desire to have open plan living with separate wings for the adults and children, whilst keeping within their budget.

The single level house has been designed with differentiating angles which influence the ceiling height. 

In the living area, the roof angle creates a high ceiling height that allows large windows to open up the living space and to look out to the marina below. The open plan living area extends outside to the deck which runs the length of the house. 

Connecting off the living space is the adults' wing, consisting of a master bedroom, en suite , walk in wardrobe, powder room, study and a games room.

With the exterior featuring edgy angles and a minimal colour palette, the interior was designed to reflect a similar modern aesthetic. By using a colour palette of white, stained timber and dark grey throughout the house helps to achieve the cohesive style. 

Linking off the living area is a separate wing for the children containing three bedrooms and a bathroom. Between the two wings lies a courtyard for private and sheltered entertaining. 

The exterior angular forms create shadow lines and a modern aesthetic shaped to address the marina view and make the most of the sun angles for entertaining on the deck or in the central courtyard.

Credit list

Michael Cooper Architects
0.55 BMT Kiwicolor zenx superseam 450 profiled metal roofing, Timspec P55 profile square vertical shiplap weatherboards bandsawn, Timspec P835 Profile Double spaly rusticated bandsawn
Window/door joinery
Pacific Architectural suite
Hatton Construction
0.55 BMT Kiwicolor zenx superseam 450 profiled metal roofing

Designed by: Michael Cooper Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Mark Scowen

11 Oct, 2020

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