The project encompasses a series of new pavilions that loosely enclose an original Victorian villa. Treated as a found object, perceptions of the original building are framed by the new interventions, which reference its scale, proportion and materials. The pavilions are articulated as autonomous rectilinear sculptural volumes, but in turn frame views back to the villa, refocusing attention on its form and details. The primary claddings of the new buildings—timber shingles and vertical slats—draw attention to the subordinate use of the same materials in the original villa, there utilized only on the front gable end and window shading, and on the sub-floor skirt respectively. The exterior spaces to the sides and front and back of the property are divided into room-sized courtyards by the new building volumes and the swimming pool, treated as another architectural volume—lending exterior spaces the quality of interiors, and vice versa.

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Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. Viewed from the swimming pool, the new scheme largely obscures the original house—appearing as a new-build, modern house of a composition reminiscent of the mid-twentieth-century Case Study Houses. Photo  of Case Study VillaView Photos

Viewed from the swimming pool, the new scheme largely obscures the original house—appearing as a new-build, modern house of a composition reminiscent of the mid-twentieth-century Case Study Houses.

Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, White Cabinet, Wall Oven, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, Engineered Quartz Counter, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The new interiors are open-plan, but loosely divided into zones of use by rectilinear planes and volumes that accommodate the kitchen and other storage. Photo 2 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The new interiors are open-plan, but loosely divided into zones of use by rectilinear planes and volumes that accommodate the kitchen and other storage.

Modern home with Dining Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Table, and Wall Lighting. Kauri flooring to the raised living area delineates the living space, while the kitchen and dining spaces are defined by a diamond-ground concrete floor, lowered to be level with the timber decking to the adjacent courtyards. Photo 3 of Case Study VillaView Photos

Kauri flooring to the raised living area delineates the living space, while the kitchen and dining spaces are defined by a diamond-ground concrete floor, lowered to be level with the timber decking to the adjacent courtyards.

Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. The swimming pool is articulated as another architectural volume, defining an edge of the courtyards formed between the house and pool. Photo 4 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The swimming pool is articulated as another architectural volume, defining an edge of the courtyards formed between the house and pool.

Modern home with Outdoor, Garden, Side Yard, Flowers, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. The juxtaposition of old and new architectural forms is best viewed from the courtyard between the garage and playroom. Timber shingles and vertical boarding can be seen on the sun-shading and sub-floor skirt of the villa respectively—these subordinate materials of the historic architecture are given primary roles in the new design. Photo 5 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The juxtaposition of old and new architectural forms is best viewed from the courtyard between the garage and playroom. Timber shingles and vertical boarding can be seen on the sun-shading and sub-floor skirt of the villa respectively—these subordinate materials of the historic architecture are given primary roles in the new design.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd. Photo 6 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd. Photo 7 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd. Photo 8 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The form of the top-lit, kauri-clad, open-riser staircase references the drawn appearance of a staircase, and recalls the Stack works of the American artist Donald Judd.

Modern home with Bedroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Bed, Chair, Shelves, Wardrobe, and Storage. The summit of Maungawhau (Mt Eden) can be seen from the master bedroom and the timber-decked terrace that occupies part of the ground-floor roof. Photo 9 of Case Study VillaView Photos

The summit of Maungawhau (Mt Eden) can be seen from the master bedroom and the timber-decked terrace that occupies part of the ground-floor roof.

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Wall, Open Shower, Ceiling Lighting, One Piece Toilet, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Tile Counter. A skylight over the shower in the master suite gives a focused view of the sky, referencing the Skyspaces of the installation artist James Turrell. Photo 10 of Case Study VillaView Photos

A skylight over the shower in the master suite gives a focused view of the sky, referencing the Skyspaces of the installation artist James Turrell.

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, Wood, and Sliding Door Type. Like the interior, the exterior massing is a composition of overlapping rectilinear volumes and planes, albeit at a larger scale. Photo 11 of Case Study VillaView Photos

Like the interior, the exterior massing is a composition of overlapping rectilinear volumes and planes, albeit at a larger scale.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Gardens, Hardscapes, Grass, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Walkways, and Back Yard. Like the interior, the exterior massing is a composition of overlapping rectilinear volumes and planes, albeit at a larger scale. Photo 12 of Case Study VillaView Photos

Like the interior, the exterior massing is a composition of overlapping rectilinear volumes and planes, albeit at a larger scale.

The new sculptural building volumes nestle alongside the original Victorian villa, creating courtyard spaces between the new and old elements of the house. Photo 13 of Case Study Villa modern homeView Photos

The new sculptural building volumes nestle alongside the original Victorian villa, creating courtyard spaces between the new and old elements of the house.

Other than the back elevation, the original villa is preserved as a found object, largely unaltered to the exterior and interior except for the addition of elements of storage, the form of which continues the design strategy of the new architecture—the former appearing as satellite elements of the latter. Photo 14 of Case Study Villa modern homeView Photos

Other than the back elevation, the original villa is preserved as a found object, largely unaltered to the exterior and interior except for the addition of elements of storage, the form of which continues the design strategy of the new architecture—the former appearing as satellite elements of the latter.

The upper-level master bedroom suite sits atop the flat roof of the new living-dining space, nestling alongside, but leaving intact, the corrugated iron roof form of the original house. Photo 15 of Case Study Villa modern homeView Photos

The upper-level master bedroom suite sits atop the flat roof of the new living-dining space, nestling alongside, but leaving intact, the corrugated iron roof form of the original house.

Architect
  • William Tozer Associates
Interior Design
  • William Tozer Associates
Landscape Design
Builder
  • Building Elements
Photographer
  • Carme Aguayo
Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 3700