Set atop a 1908 warehouse in the Courtenay Precinct of Wellington, New Zealand, the three apartments by Architecture Workshop glow like lanterns at dusk, signaling a new day for this once-seedy neighborhood. Read Full Article
A view of the exterior illustrates how the apartments function as a series of intercutting glass boxes that overlay and lock into each other.
Jan Bieringa (seated, left) hangs out with her son, Kris Bieringa (standing), Tony Hiles, Judith Fyfe, and Fyfe’s granddaughter, Phoebe Pottinger. Surrounded on three sides by glass walls, the dining room is the perfect spot to soak up the stunning views
of Wellington Harbor and the hilly eastern suburbs.
A view of the building’s third-floor offices, formerly the Bieringas’ loft. The floors date from the building’s days as a clothing factory. “When we first moved in, I spent hours on my hands and knees pulling out carpet nails and sewing needles from the wooden floorboards,” Luit says. Now the space houses the Bieringas’ offices, plus those of other creative industries.
A densely packed built-in unit divides the kitchen area from the living room, and provides streamlined storage for appliances and kitchenware. The Bieringas are avid collectors of New Zealand art; the painting to the left is by Peter Robinson, and the many photographs peppering the apartment are by important Kiwi artists Luit has championed over the years.