This design means that the home would withstand a 1 in 2,500 year seismic event – the same rating as Te Papa.
The building’s floating form with open subfloor provides easier access to the underside of the building to allow for repairs and maintenance over time. The foundation design also provides a lightweight aesthetic to the building’s form, touching the gently sloping ground on the east, and floating up off the ground on western corner.
With a busy intersection and motorway in close proximity, soundproofing was a high priority. The entire house is wrapped in an Ecoply rigid air barrier, with a further ply layer over drained cavity providing a solid fixing and support substrate, for the Zinc cladding. This, along with double-glazing and high-level insulation, ensure that noise pollution is minimal.
Standing Seam Zinc was selected for both the wall cladding and roofing, as an ideal material to form a continuous hard outer shell, shielding the building from its intense urban environment. Incisions into the outer skin expose the soft texture of the vertical cedar cladding in the sheltered areas.
A modest footprint (allowing for design within the district plan rules, negating any requirement for a resource consent) still allows a feeling of generosity with space and light, balanced with privacy requirements from the busy street corner.
This home was built by Matthew Palmer Construction and photographed by Andre Vroon. For more detail see the owner’s website.