Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 31 No 13 New Zealand - Page 53

Out of the past This comprehensive makeover has banished the dark and compartmentalised, creating instead a modern spacious home with links to its heritage past Terraced houses are famously long, narrow spaces with small, dark rooms, poor ventilation, and a general absence of natural light. The trick is countering all these shortcomings while still retaining a sense of the home’s historic past. For this project, the owners asked architect Richard Archer of Archer + Wright to reinvent their historic, facade-protected terrace house as a contemporary, light-filled entertainer’s home. “The front facade was completely reinstated with a closed-over upstairs balcony restored, the downstairs railings, stonework and windows refinished, and it all given a more modern, monochromatic colour scheme – a taste of the transformed, contemporary interiors to come.” Inside, the two-level house was completely gutted with only the staircase retained. The clutter of internal walls and small rooms was swept away and the ground floor bedrooms removed. “In their place, we created a long, open-plan space with rooms flowing one into the next. Floating wide-plank engineered floors run the length of this level, accentuating its openness.” Much needed natural light was brought into the interior in several ways – including via an internal courtyard opposite the new kitchen. Preceding pages and above left: Black living room walls, stained oak floors and mirror panels contrast a generally white decor in this dramatically reworked terrace house by architecture firm Archer + Wright. Facing page: The original facade was completely restored, though with more contemporary paint tones. Plan: Long and narrow, the terrace house was a challenge in terms of light penetration and spacial flow. search | save | share at