Materials that age beautifully and a sense of togetherness over generations all come together in this sculptural, modern home

Designed by Craig South, South Architects

From the architects:

With a beautiful outlook towards the stream in suburban Christchurch, this home enjoys a natural material palette of concrete, copper and timber.

The owner wanted the home to be “gezellig”, a Dutch word that can be described as cosy, convivial, fun, a nice atmosphere, or the general togetherness that gives a warm feeling. This can apply as a couple, or to a large group gathering.

The home was designed to be lived in as a single level home (for the couple) but with the ability to accommodate the extended family (with first floor sleeping accommodation).

Lineal concrete forms are staggered along the site – giving occupants access to sun throughout the day – and held together by the sculptural roof.

The copper rises from the ground at the entry in the West and stretches up over the living spaces to encapsulate the first floor sleeping quarters in the East.

The copper form is extruded front to back, exposing an undercroft of rich timber throughout.

The materials were selected as part of a palette which will age naturally as time goes by.

A combination of timber and steel construction formed the roof, with ply lining creating the curves.

Both precast and insitu (ceilings) concrete construction was used.

The northern outlook was the key feature of the site, towards the stream boundary.

The overhanging roof forms manage the impact of the solar gain into the depth of the home (while still allowing occupants views of the canopies of the surrounding trees) – and so creates a level of interior comfort without the need for mechanical cooling.

Similarly, the western external sheltered courtyard also provides adequate shading to the living spaces, and helps keep things cool.

Solid concrete walls absorb solar energy and release this back into the home in the evening when it’s required.

The insulated concrete floor in the living space, exposed to the north, also works as thermal mass for the same effect.

As well as the ability to absorb heat, the insulated concrete panels were used to evoke the raw material aesthetic.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
South Architects
Interior design
South Architects with Lume Design (soft furnishings)
Concrete; copper; and Swisspearl facade panels, by PBS
Window/door joinery
Light fittings
Clive Barrington Construction
Kitchen manufacturer
Bates Joinery
Design – Kamo Marsh Landscape Architects; install – Design Grow Landscapes
Copper, by The Architectural Roofing Company
Bathroom tiles
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

Designed by: Craig South, Southern Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Stephen Goodenough

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