‘Hill House’ is a new three bedroom home located on a prominent Napier Hill site. The building form responds to the 270° panoramic views around Hawke’s Bay, existing site contours and the tight local council restrictions.
The design challenge lay in creating a private yet open plan home whilst maintaining the stunning views in all directions. The client wanted large roof overhangs, expansive decks for relaxation and a separate area that could easily accommodate grandchildren and visitors. A low maintenance ‘future proofed’ home was also a key requirement. This was achieved by choosing easy care materials, and by incorporating a lift serving three levels. High level opening windows provide passive cross ventilation throughout the home whilst large roof overhangs shade the façade
The spatial layout was strongly influenced by existing site contours. Interior spaces were designed around two ‘axis’ that frame significant views in different directions together with the client’s area requirements for a large integrated kitchen, dining and living room. Bespoke built in units and screens help to define areas within the open plan. Windows have been carefully located adjacent to the screens so that the play of light and casting of shadows on the tiled floor will change throughout the day.
Cedar has been used extensively throughout the home both internally and externally for durability and a warm aesthetic.
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