Mid-century Modern Elegance

Mid-century Modern Elegance add

Built to replace a house damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes, Bradnor Home was a standout mid-century modern influenced design at this year's ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards. The client's admiration of this style and era - in particular Eichler's work - is evident in the architectural language of the home.

Designed by Don Roy and Cymon Allfrey, Bradnor Road was awarded the 2016 National Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award. It was described by Judges as an elegant project that embraces and showcases a take on our timber tradition.

Cymon Allfrey Architects was asked to create a contemporary home that was light and open, embracing the stream aspect to the north and the existing garden to the east.

The design comprises a gentle sloping roof plane resting on two dark, horizontal cedar boards. Five structural timber portals span the width of the home, creating a grid like exterior. This grid is mostly glazed to allow light through to enforce the geometry of the low slung roof.

Discretely tucked away within a tree lined cul-de-sac in the leafy Christchurch suburb of Fendalton, the home is located adjacent to the Wairarapa Stream.

The L-shaped design is planned around an east court with a central corridor bisecting the home into east and west oriented private quarters. The corridor connects the occupants with views of the stream as they move through the house.

Carefully located in the general foot print of the original home, the extensive eastern tree-lined garden has been successfully retained and inside spaces have been organised to provide a strong visual connection between interior rooms and the established garden.

Cymon Allfrey Architects was a big winner at this year's ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards - with two national titles awarded to three of its designers.