Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

Seatoun House II

Wellington

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This four-bedroom family home was designed for family life, entertaining and also for work. It features a commercial kitchen for the client’s catering business.

Deftly balancing these multiple functions, the home is a perfect setting for hosting friends and family without sacrificing its main role as a private family sanctuary.

There is an easy connection between interior and exterior spaces; the open plan kitchen and family areas seamlessly leading to sheltered outdoor living spaces.

…this elegant home continues its restraint inside… A beautiful home that is a successful stage for the family,” NZIA Awards Jury.

Photos: Paul McCredie / Juergen Rausch 

Awards: NZIA Local Award, 2006.

The lofty dining room is a feature, as is the warm and intimate lounge area. Layering of flat roof planes to allow clerestories and high level glazing has allowed exceptional transparency (and effective passive solar heating) without loss of a sense of robust shelter.