Parnell House

Sited on a sloping cul de sac in Auckland’s Parnell, this home uses the topography of the site to achieve an elevated living level that stretches the length of the section.

The design seeks to develop a layout of interior spaces that achieves both separation and connection within an open plan by overlapping large rectangular floor plates around a pool and terrace. The glazed enclosure allows visual connection.

A singular insitu concrete spine is cast to anchor the entry sequence and provide the street presence of the house. It further serves to accommodate an open fire and provide the privacy and solidity required to balance the lightweight enclosure.

Pivoting glass doors sit against the roughcast wall to allow access to an additional elevate terrace.

Project Details: The internal floor area is approximately 300m2 and construction was completed in mid 2006. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Sam Atcheson. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Patrick Reynolds.

Recognition: Winner of an NZIA Architecture Award (NZIA Auckland Awards 2005) Winner of an New Zealand Architecture Award (NZIA National Awards 2006)