The only space available for a new swimming pool and pool house was in front of the existing house, facing the street. This created some challenges, one being maintaining the visual importance of the original house, a timeless design by award winning architect Marshall Cook.

The new structure was inspired by the original house and speaks a similar language with a rhythm of vertical and horizontal elements and a Japanese architecture aesthetic. The pool house sits to the side leaving plenty of space for the main house and the stone walls with translucent screens add privacy while maintaining a “garden room” status.

The Resource Consent process for a structure in a front yard was a challenge, but the commitment of the owners and an excellent team of consultants saw it through.

Client Testimonial

"We cannot speak more highly of Adriana Toader of Studio A.  Her meticulous and considered design of our new swimming pool and pool house complex was seamlessly integrated into the existing property to the extent that it feels as if it has always been there.  It is a work of art and we love it.

Adriana was involved in every step of the process, including dealing with numerous and complex Council requirements and her calm tenacity and vision was crucial to us gaining Council resource consent.

She is a pleasure to work with, and we would highly recommend her." - Heather & Philip

Photography Credit: Daniel Searchfield

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Studio A is a design-oriented Auckland-based architecture practice founded by Adriana Toader, a registered architect with 20 years of professional experience in NZ and overseas. “We are passionate about design and always strive for that point of perfect harmony where the client’s brief meets a well-executed idea.”

We are happy to be involved in projects of all sizes, from alterations to new houses & small commercial projects, including interiors. Each project is unique and we enjoy the process of working collaboratively with our clients.

With extensive experience in interiors including kitchen and bathroom design, we create spaces thoughtfully tailored to your needs.

Working with the latest software allows us to build detailed 3D models of our designs and present these together with realistic 3d renders.

We are involved in all stages of the process, from feasibility studies to design and documentation, the Resource Consent and Building Consent processes, through to site observation/contract administration services during construction. These services are tailored for each project, depending on client requirements.