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How long does it take to build a new home? Using 42 custom panels of solid engineered pine meant the structure of this house went up in just 10 days

Designed by TOA Architects

From the architects:

TOA’s Tuarangi House responds to a tight, sloping urban site in Grey Lynn with sharp angles and fractured forms.

The design evolved from the name Tuarangi – meaning outerspace – and inspires the house to play with notions of new and old, calm and drama and light and dark with black metal cladding meeting rough sawn timber at often sharp and sometimes unexpected interfaces.

This tension continues through the interior with stark contrasts between warm and cool materials, rough and smooth surfaces, rounded forms and hard-edged faceted ones.

TOA was challenged in this house to design a modern architectural statement which, while making the most of a constrained site, could push the limits of possibility in a new structural material; cross laminated timber.


The structure of the house is constructed from 42 custom panels of solid engineered timber manufactured in a factory in Nelson from pine.

These panels were delivered to site and erected in 10 days to form the structure of the house, exposed on the inside these wall, floor and roof panels are finished in a natural oil and give Tuarangi its unique warm timber interiors.

From a solid polished concrete base in the lounge and dining room, the house projects from the land with the western end bridging over a concrete wine cellar and cantilevering towards the large pohutukawa which dominates the backyard. This floating wing containing two bedrooms and a bathroom uses careful placement of windows to frame the surrounding greenery and views to Kingsland in the distance while providing much valued privacy with the proximity to neighbours.

Set into the hallway floor is hatch which gains access to the concrete wine cellar which houses the clients growing collection.

Sitting in the centre of the house, the kitchen forms the social and spiritual hub of the house allowing it to pivot between the north facing deck and the living and dining room when the clients indulge their passions for food and entertaining.

The kitchen's fractured forms reflect the exterior’s western facade, and the charcoal and concrete palette with feature swamp rimu benchtop provides sleek contrast to the lighter timber walls.

At the entry, the solid timber stairs rise into the vaulted ‘shark fin’ form creating a dramatic almost cathedral like space which acts as a counterpoint to the equally dramatic but constraining external entry.

The stairwell is wrapped in concrete finished with a striking texture created from grinding the pattern left from the modular polystyrene form work.

The subtle variations and imperfections in the concrete give the concrete an intriguing finish which captures the light in ever-changing ways.

The first floor contains the master bedroom with ensuite, walk in wardrobe and a study. High ceilings and sloping walls of exposed timber or dark stone tiles gives the spaces a special feeling while the huge corner window provides sunset views over the Waitakere ranges in the distance.

Tuarangi is a multi-faceted house which continues to surprise and delight everyone who encounters it.

Credit list

Architect
TOA Architects – Nicholas Dalton, Craig Wilson
Kitchen design and interior design
TOA Architects
Cladding
Abodo Tundra; Roofing Industries Spanlok; STO
Flooring
Polished concrete; XLam CLT finished with OSMO oil
Paint
Resene
Lighting
Targetti
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Builder
Mike Greer Architectural
Kitchen manufacturer
SWP Interiors
Window and door joinery
Fairview Architectural Linear 35
Wallcoverings
Xlam CLT finished with Woca diamond oil; Jacobsen Natural Stone Coal tiles
Heating
Mitibushi Heat pumps; Regency Greenfire GF900L
Furniture
Atelier Jones

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Homes

Photography by: David Straight

26 Jan, 2020

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