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"Hyggeligt"....From the Danish word "hygge," which describes an appreciation of life's simple pleasures, meaning cosy, relaxing, and enjoyable with feelings of wellness and contentment. The converging Kiwi and Danish heritages of the client is expressed architecturally through an Antipodean openness combined with an enclosed comfort celebrated in Nordic climes. The sunken lounge at the heart of this home is central to this contradiction of space. The perimeter remains open, connected to the outdoors (via large bifolding doors), whilst the principle family gathering area is embedded into the ground, keeping it cosy and intimate.

The exterior form of this home is reminiscent of a building purposed for keeping hay or storing equipment. This speaks to the rich agricultural history of the area, but counters the rapidly subdividing nature of its current locale. Weathered steel and natural timber cladding reference the past but also aim to mark the building's passage through time.

ADNZ 2022 Regional Winner (Auckland) and National Finalist for Residential Interiors

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There is something satisfying about a thing that is well made and well designed. We set out in 2008 looking to raise the standard of design in our local built environment. Since then we have worked in some incredible locations to create buildings that reflect the character of the people who live in them and place in which they live. We design with sensitivity to the physical and cultural context of the site, using natural materials and finishes where possible with a focus on robust and elegant detailing. We have a tight knit team of skilled architectural designers and technicians to handle new residential and commercial projects, alterations and additions of any complexity.