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The Brutalist concrete form is punctured by full height glazing on both levels of this two-storyed home.
The Brutalist concrete form is punctured by full height glazing on both levels of this two-storyed home.
Cobbles and grass define the landscaping; simple and neutral while adding to the overall textural elements of the form.
Cobbles and grass define the landscaping; simple and neutral while adding to the overall textural elements of the form.
An exposed concrete wall creates a strong synergy between interior and exterior.
An exposed concrete wall creates a strong synergy between interior and exterior.
Here, double height glazing offers a confronting view of the rugged cliff face that defines the site.
Here, double height glazing offers a confronting view of the rugged cliff face that defines the site.
The extensive glazing extends to the garaging and front door to the right of the garage, offering a transparency to the solid concrete form.
The extensive glazing extends to the garaging and front door to the right of the garage, offering a transparency to the solid concrete form.
A suspended fire hangs in the centre of the main living room window, from which views down the valley, over Christchurch and to the Southern Alps beyond are captured.
A suspended fire hangs in the centre of the main living room window, from which views down the valley, over Christchurch and to the Southern Alps beyond are captured.
The concrete floor and Siberian Larch ceiling create a warm, calm aesthetic in the interiors.
The concrete floor and Siberian Larch ceiling create a warm, calm aesthetic in the interiors.
Matte cabinetry and a black benchtop with a unique velvet-like appearance maintain the pared back material palette.
Matte cabinetry and a black benchtop with a unique velvet-like appearance maintain the pared back material palette.
Full height glazing defines every room in this house, with simple, minimalistic interior spaces.
Full height glazing defines every room in this house, with simple, minimalistic interior spaces.
Oversized timber-look tiles create a peaceful, calming space in the ensuite bathroom, consistent with the palette in the rest of the home.
Oversized timber-look tiles create a peaceful, calming space in the ensuite bathroom, consistent with the palette in the rest of the home.
The rugged, rough finish of the concrete pays homage to the basalt cliff which rises behind the house.
The rugged, rough finish of the concrete pays homage to the basalt cliff which rises behind the house.
The Dekton benchtop has a unique velvet-like appearance, paired with elegant curved tapware.
The Dekton benchtop has a unique velvet-like appearance, paired with elegant curved tapware.
Lighting highlights the rough texture of the concrete.
Lighting highlights the rough texture of the concrete.
Full-height bookshelves were incorporated to house the owners' book collection. 
Full-height bookshelves were incorporated to house the owners' book collection. 
The glass entry door allows for seamless sightlines throughout the house to the cliff face behind.
The glass entry door allows for seamless sightlines throughout the house to the cliff face behind.
Natural textures and finishes offer a unique juxtaposition with the basalt cliff face. 
Natural textures and finishes offer a unique juxtaposition with the basalt cliff face. 

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AO Architecture was founded in 2011 by Michael John and Nicholas Mann.

AO Architecture is a young and innovative architectural practice, aware of the importance of delivering a unique project that is tailored to meet each specific client’s requests.

We are active in the provision of architectural, interior design and project management services. Undertaking projects from simple residential alterations, complex residential housing through to commercial & industrial developments.

We strive to meet client’s budgets and requirements and package this into a workable and environmentally responsible design solution.

AO Architecture’s success is driven by our personable approach and commitment to clients, producing highly successful architectural outcomes.