Tag Archives: Residential

Work for clients altering their own dwelling, or a completely new dwelling.

Salmond Reed

Since the beginning of 2017 – I’ve been working with Salmond Reed Architects (SRA) in Devonport. Projects much closer to my areas of professional interest – and a very pleasant commute via Auckland’s new electric trains, or a bike ride, down to Britomart – and then a ferry across to Devonport or Stanley Bay. Pleasant walks to and from the rail station and the ferry – even if it is chucking it down…

 

Small Projects

Small projects completed in Auckland – most were built, but some were not.

Additional images and more projects to follow

Glenfield Mews

Developer housing, brownfield site.

Some houses designed in concept by Mahendra Daji – an old friend from ASC – and developed up to building consent and construction documentation by our small team for our then employer – a small developer on the North Shore. They are a speculative development, on a site plan laid out by a surveyor with little thought given to amenity or environment. The only criteria being lot size and vehicle access – even that was compromised by a number of problems with drainage and the steep road inclines and retaining required to fit the houses in.

Glenfield site aerial view

The houses were designed to be economical. They were very cheaply built with consented landscaping proposals ignored and colour schemes discarded! Having said that – they didn’t turn out too badly – if Auckland is lucky, developer led ‘densification’ in suburban areas might turn out like this. Sites need to be better planned and construction budgets higher to get better results.

Architecturally, this is rough stuff Рbut there is much added design value in the interiors, even when the section/lot sizes are really too small for the size of these detached houses. When working for the developer direct, their market and commercial considerations take precedence. These houses are built purely to harvest profit. We did our best to add amenity and opportunity for the purchasers, whilst making an effort to minimise overlooking and shade to close neighbours.

Peterhouse

Heritage environment, refurbished to contemporary requirements.

Peterhouse Refurbishments | Cambridge | 1999-2001

SK: FSAL Job architect

Old Court (14th-18th C.) and Gisborne Court (1825) internally updated in two stages; during summer vacation times. Grade One listed buildings of national significance. Accommodation for students and Fellows of the College, including some teaching spaces and a computer suite. Also used for residential conferences. Complex client structure and project management issues. Peterhouse is the oldest College in Cambridge University – founded in 1284.

Some interiors were decorated with period colour schemes appropriate to the time of construction, including 17th & 18th Cent panelling, and Late Georgian era ‘Gothick’ style wall-papers.