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This house designed by the MC Architecture Studio in Christchurch has an amazing view of the port below.

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This house was highly commended in the 2015 TIDA Home Awards, in the New Zealand Category.

The design of the big steel and cedar façade will allow a great view to the port, the hill and the stormy weather; the west windows and the skylights have been placed to gain most of the light without allowing visual and sound intrusion from the neighbour.

The building envelope needed to fit in the industrial port area responding to the heritage constraints of the city plan. This led the design to keep the original shape of the building, reinterpreting the structure and cladding material.

The high ceiling and exposed old trusses is clearly referring to the previous function of the building reinterpreting the meaning of original shape.

The layout creates a feeling of openness towards the south façade, whilst creates a more sheltered and intimate area in the back of the building, encouraging visitors to direct their attention towards the living area. The volumes have been designed to create ‘hiding’ space and targeted views. Although the whole space is actually big and open, there are many areas where you can feel protected and sheltered. A corner-hidden living has been created as a private nook to allow the house to be lived in a variety of atmospheres.

The glass façade has been built with acoustic double glazing, whilst openings to the rear of the building have been minimised.

The west façade feature a series of windows in keeping with position of the original ones, although higher and with tilt and turn technology to allow for best ventilation.

The trusses became an important feature of the new build. Their strengthening was achieved with rusted metal plates and exposed bolts. They have been reused in the central part of the building, where the trusses are the best view in the open space.

Photographer’s name: Mick Stephenson.

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