The home floats on a steeply sloping site in the Port Hills above Redcliffs, turning its back on the cold, easterly wind, but opening every room onto a generous deck and the view across the estuary, over the beach and to the Kaikoura Ranges beyond.
The gallery provides space for the clients collection of original art, but is also the arrival point for visitors, with sight-lines from the main entrance into the living space and the view beyond.
The main entrance is marked by a lavastone clad blade wall. This axis leads through the wide gallery space into the kitchen / living / dining area and the view beyond. A small carport at the top of the site services a secondary entrance giving level access through a side door to a small laundry, future proofing the house for the ageing client, so she can bring in the shopping without having to worry about stairs. This sets up the second axis flowing from the laundry, into the wide gallery, past the living area a spare bedroom, bathroom and through to the master bedroom at an angle on the end. Stairs lead down from the gallery to the glass-walled carport and the swimming pool area below.
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