2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Defiantly perched on a Wellington cliff, this is a playful and optimistic house. A rigorous grid was the starting point for efficiency and spatial order and a platform for creative planning that removed the hallway and opened up the interior to admit light and air and enable family connectivity. Generous amounts of liveable exterior area have been carved out of the site and stairs are barely noticeable. The rooftop terrace with its private ‘bus stop’ and splash of yellow celebrates the fun in architecture. Courageously, the house is tied to the city view rather than the site; the ground becomes a backdrop for living. The 10x10 house is an inspirational, functional and hugely enjoyable family home.