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Anderson House


Christchurch, New Zealand


(Received as Director of MAP)

NZIA Local Residential Award

The clients were keen to explore the 'materiality' of the house through the use of concrete. This study included the potential sculptural tectonics of the built form. The location of this rear, North facing section with neighboring dual right-of-way access on both East and West boundaries has allowed the three dimensional mass to take full advantage of this reduction in side yard restrictions established by the typically demanding recession planes.

The first design strategy involved the layering of two contrasting pavilions, one transparent and the other solid, juxtaposed around the double height gallery space (axis) containing the client's art and a stair up to the first floor accommodation. This highly glazed East/West axis is visually and physically connected to the main entry situated below a double height arch, created within the overall concrete form of the North facing 'living' pavilion.

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