Working with Dorset Construction (the builder brothers/brothers-in-law of the client) the brief was to build a smaller home with ample personality for a family of four.
Tightly nestled into Wellington’s urban landscape of student flats and weathered villas, the Pyramid Scheme offers familiar forms in a contemporary composition. The 115 sqm floor area covers most of the 190 sqm site with two square boxes, pyramid hip roofs, black colour steel and macrocarpa bay windows.
Connected by a central sheltered courtyard, three internal levels provide a mezzanine lookout from the bedrooms down into the living, with generous light and sufficient privacy. Floor to ceiling sliding doors on the ground level open out to thread together the kitchen, living and courtyard, expanding the floor area during the summer months. And look mum, no posts!
Patchwork Architecture is Ben Mitchell-Anyon & Sally Ogle.
Between us we have a wide range of experience, on jobs large and small, residential and commercial.
We started working together in late 2011, when along with Tim Gittos (now of Spacecraft Architects) we left our jobs in Wellington, moved to Whanganui, and launched into building the DogBox. We wanted to further our theoretical and drawn understanding of architecture through knowledge of the physical craft of building.
A year later, the DogBox was complete, and had picked up a couple of accolades along the way - including being selected as one of six finalists in HOME magazine 'Home of the Year 2013'.
Following that we set up our studio in Wellington, taking practical knowledge back to the drawing board, to help our clients create beautiful, efficient, warm, economical spaces that suit their purpose and location.