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Birch Park

Set deep into a country vista with expansive sea views this breath-taking, revolutionary house is truly original. With Japanese and Danish influences its organic and honest nature are evident.

LocationAuckland, New Zealand DateDecember 2019

Working with the amazing Matter Architects and very talented clients who are seasoned developers, this spectacular house was immediately a very special and unique project to collaborate on.

The Exterior finishes featured a beautiful thin and long Danish brick in a concrete colour with a charred exterior timber which was fumed on site with a special Japanese technique. Dynamically cutting through these organic choices was the hardnosed element of the black joinery selection, which also featured in other key areas of the architectural design.

We selected paint colours for the interior walls that echoed the Danish brick and created a seamless look. Then we added warmth by using smoked oak in the timber floors and the kitchen cabinetry. The Kitchen and bathroom designs were simple in shape and repetitive in overall scheme colours. The Dark emerald green stone in the kitchen worked well with the natural landscape bringing the outside in, we then repeated these finishes in the powder room for maximum effect. This stone became the real Hero.

Honest and organic in nature, the selection was further layered with cooler coloured stone in the bathrooms and aged brass through the tapware and kitchen details. Organic linens were used for sofas and drapes to create a relaxed natural look. We selected Japanese paper lanterns to hang in the void spaces resulting in a very special night time look.

This has really felt like a house like no other, a very cleverly designed use of interconnecting spaces, clever heights and volume, spectacular angles and amazing internal views. It addresses the land so beautifully, gaining the best exterior views possible as you travel through.

This home was featured on NZ Grand Designs in 2019.

Photography: Simon Devitt