Tucked away on the hillside, the Sumner Hillside Residence is positioned so that every room has a view of the ocean.
The views from this home have been carefully considered with its northwest orientation and floor-to-ceiling windows capturing a view that spans Sumner Beach, the Kaikoura Ranges, and New Brighton Pier; the scenery from the different vantage points is spectacular. Sometimes a challenging medium – such as this steep and complex building site – yields the best results when joined with the right talent.
Architect Regan Johnston designed the home to meet the owner’s changing needs, with the perceptive layout future-proofing the home by prioritising a family-friendly environment.Johnston Architects upholds a practice of holistic sustainability. As a result of its orientation, location and construction, the home stays at a comfortable temperature throughout the year with little heating or cooling. Other sustainability measures include the installation of LED lighting, window blinds, fireplace, electric under tile and ducted air-conditioning; all are wi-fi controllable and programmable for maximum efficiency.
Working as an architect for eighteen years, Regan is often acknowledged and awarded for his designs. This year alone, three of his firm’s projects throughout New Zealand were shortlisted for NZIA awards – including the Sumner Hillside Residence. The benefit of working with this award-winning firm is that clients work alongside the design architect to achieve their overall vision.
When the client engaged 360 Architecture to build a house on their site on the lower Cashmere slopes, they bought with them a number of interesting challenges.
The size of the site was quite restricted, the soil was very unstable and in poor condition, and the height to which the house could be built was restricted so as to not block any neighbouring views. The build also needed to be completed within a fixed budget, so there was no margin for error.
Undaunted by the challenge, Rob Bosma and his team responded to the brief using a composition of simple, uncluttered block forms, interlinked and cut open to expose the interior spaces to the adjacent reserve and views beyond. The main living area and master bedroom with ensuite are elevated above a sunken garage. The house is dressed in high quality cedar cladding, a versatile material which has a natural warmth and richness of colour helping to integrate the building into its natural surroundings.
During the building and design process, optimising conditions for the best natural ventilation and comfort conditions were always kept in mind. This meant designing the build to optimise orientation towards the sun whilst ensuring there is adequate shading for the hottest summer months, and paying careful attention to the positioning of glazed surfaces.
Generous openings were provided to exhaust summer heat rather than relying on mechanical cooling. Therefore, the house remains comfortable in all seasons with heating only required on sunless winter days. The 360 Architecture team has managed to create something truly unique, aesthetically beautiful and in harmony with its surroundings. For the proud new owners of Broad Oaks, all the boxes have been ticked and their new home is truly a joy to live in.
PROJECT PARTNERS Simon Devitt
International Photographer of Architecture
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