Sensible, simple and stunning

Sensible, simple and stunning add

The rules and regulations of estate living needn't compromise elegant design.

In the latest issue of Defign Magazine, writer Mark Revington speaks with ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award national finalist and architect Brendon Gordon, about working with restraints and accommodating an interesting family dynamic.

The Karl Residence, national finalist in Category 3 Residential New Home over 300m2 is located on Havelock North hill site above the Black Barn Winery, near a golf course and tennis court.

Brendon Gordon says the rules, regulations and planning approval that come with such a property are an important part of the design process.

"It takes time working through them... energy and acumen. You have to present a lot of information early on in the piece to satisfy requirements."

The elegant timber home, based on a grid design, includes two master bedrooms with dressing rooms and ensuites upstairs and a children's wing to the east with ensuited bedrooms. That's because the client consists of two brothers and their families.

A challenge for Brendon Gordon was to work out how two master bedrooms could co-exist.

"Part of the design process was working through the design democracy so there are two brothers who both have large bedrooms upstairs with ensuite and views," he says.

All the bedrooms and living areas face north - with larger rooms to the front and smaller service rooms to the rear - taking full advantage of the sun and maximising solar gain.

The ADNZ judges described the Karl residence as well enclosed, sheltered and a bold formal response standing on high ground.

The house is built to withstand extreme conditions, with two large buttress walls providing shelter from westerly winds and privacy. The walls are thicker than usual to take more insulation and there are no internal gutters or membrane roofing, which Brendon Gordon describes as sensible design.

The bespoke LED lighting is integral to the design with notes from Resene stating it brought the home to life, creating rich golden tones which captivate the exterior.

ADNZ Chief Executive Astrid Andersen says multi-family homes can raise a whole new set of design challenges.

"It's exciting to see how a designer responds to the separation of shared and private spaces. In this instance entertaining spaces are gloriously placed, taking full advantage of the sun and the spectacular views. She’s a stunner." says Astrid.

For more on the Karl Residence and other spectacular homes from around New Zealand pick up a copy of the latest Defign from your local Countdown, New World, Paperplus or quality bookstores.