New Zealand Trends Volume 33 No 3 - Page 115

optimise sightlines, and let natural light flood right back through the interior from the newly glazed rear wall. The simple tonal palette of tongue and groove, engineered oak floor and stairs matched with white surfaces adds to the feeling of space. Upstairs, past the mezzanine, lies Firkin’s other key design stroke – a contemporary extra level containing the master suite and a bedroom. “While the existing cladding is in red brick, we finished the addition in raised seam zinc cladding. Rather than blending in, this offers a striking contrast to the classic facade.” However, a raked roofline plays down the new level from the semi-detached neighbour and the rectilinear form is stepped back from the street at the front, so is not visible from there. At the back, the clean-lined form cantilevers out over the yard, for shade and shelter. “The home is situated in a bustling inner-city neighbourhood,” says Firkin. “So, to achieve a quiet retreat on this master bedroom level, the addition features double-clad construction.” The design achieved a 7-star energy rating, with ESD consultants engaged to advise on sus- tainable design aspects for water and energy use. Facing page: Divide and rule – the rear of the home has been divided vertically by a new mezzanine floor and horizontally by the demarcated spaces for the kitchen and the dining area. Above: The modern new kitchen, designed by architect Julie Firkin, features white surfaces, a back- painted glass splashback and low- upkeep concrete floors. The kitchen is only a few steps from the dining table and the back yard. search | save | share at