This generous family home is situated in a suburban street. From the southern road frontage the site slopes gently down toward the northern boundary at the rear. On either side the building envelope is constrained and overlooked by the adjoining neighbours. From the street very few signs of habitation are revealed. This move deliberately prevents the scale from being immediately legible and instead allows the forms to read as an abstract composition of contrasting rectilinear elements. The massing of these interlocking forms gently rises and culminates toward the rear of the house. From the northern park view the house has a different character, with large expanses of glass and sheltered outdoor areas taking advantage of the outlook and swimming pool.
"This clean-lined building takes advantage of its site overlooking a park bordering the Waikato River, while successfully responding to and addressing its suburban context. Interlocking rectilinear forms are grouped to provide privacy on three sides, but the house opens to light and views on its north side. The intelligent consideration of public and private realms is continued in the interior, which is organised around a central spine and distinguished by a well-chosen palette of materials, textures and colours."
- NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Jury.
The sunken retreat is lined with warm cedar, soft leather and shag pile carpet providing an intimate feel and contrast to other living areas.