Set on a tricky site on the lower slopes of Christchurch's Port Hills, this four-bedroom home honours outstanding views and family life. Partially inspired by a neighbouring mid-century residence lost to the Canterbury earthquakes, the house is a series of three equal square forms with quarter pyramid roofs.
The design follows the contour of the land by stepping these forms up and across the site, creatively in keeping with height and boundary recession plane restrictions. Anchored by a generous double garage, the home hugs the property's southern boundary to maximise north-facing outdoor living space. Each level flows out to dining, deck, garden or private patio. Emphasising this connection to nature, the home is orientated around arcing views that trace the city, Southern Alps and bush-cloaked valley below.
Rooted by an exposed concrete block base with a wide tray metal cladding, the home's sharp façade is offset by its warm, textural interior and a brave use of colour. Generous glazing captures every worthy outlook while towering polycarbonate panels alongside the shared driveway guarantee light and privacy. Marrying sustainability with a family-centred design, Triptych’s responsibly modest footprint incorporates multiple living spaces. A quiet reading nook tucks alongside the main living room, a cushion-filled window seat takes in views of layered planting terraces, while an ambiguous landing space outside the kids' bedrooms — currently a play area — will evolve as they grow, transforming to meet their needs.
Photography by Sam Hartnett
“It’s refreshing to see a new, questioning and considered approach to spatial design. The judges appreciated the care and thought given to the land, neighbours, family and climate, and acknowledged that the architect’s thinking has value beyond the boundaries of the architectural form itself.”
NZIA Local Award (Canterbury) — Resene Colour Award, Winner