This 135 square metre house is located in an inner city Wellington suburb. Tight sunlight planes from all four neighbours, luscious existing native vegetation and a steep slope on an unusually shaped site determined the folded boomerang shape.
Internal living spaces fluctuate between lofty and voluminous, snug and cosy, with an intimate sunken lounge offering views upward of the two-tiered mezzanine. Large sliding doors on both the east and west face open up to connect the sunlight catching decks with the central dining. Three bedrooms have varied views, from the immediate garden, to distant hills.
Found and recycled elements throughout the house add rich textures - with the use of one tonne of free green marble in various guise from hearth to shower, Oregon beams and even an old jam pan for a bathroom sink.
Constructed by the builders up to a certain point, the owners (a handy combination of two architects and a structural engineer) moved in and took it into their own hands to finish the details.
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.