The Manuka Road Residence arrival experience through a lush sunken courtyard-garden, immerses the visitor in a world of intimacy and calm that is uniquely distinct from the surrounding landscape. It also resolves the westerly approach with a spectacular easterly outlook over channel waters to island hills and spectacular skies. Originally designed by Morrison & Breytenbach Architects in 2005, our 2019 extension and alterations integrate these compelling characteristics with a spatial transformation to match the lifestyle requirements of its new owners.

The plan is orientated for natural warmth and light, with passive sun-control. A garden roof of succulents accentuates the hidden courtyard quality where scale, colour and sound within the garden heightens the senses. Off-shutter concrete “floats” above a light expansive studio below. Polished concrete, raw steel, glazing and timber, create a linking theme, while filled holes, cracks and “ghostings” record the building’s previous form and finishes.

Blurred boundaries meld interiors into courtyard, patio, landscape and vast sky to retain a place of personal refuge, domestic scale and privacy but opening to dramatic changing atmospheric, light and mood effects, and offering choice of how to use this home according to our clients’ changing inclination.