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Box & Tower

Miramar, Wellington, NZ   


New build infill house with timber 'tower' and metal and fibreglass 'box'

A three bedroom home spread over three levels on a tight site (177 square metres), Box & Tower is a exercise in squeezing the most out of infill housing restrictions on a difficult steep site. The original section was subdivided and master planned in collaboration with Spacecraft Architects (who designed the house to the rear of the site) and basic massing and materials were agreed upon. The design balances issues of privacy (site faces a busy street) while also looking to open up to the north and western sun and views. The main living floor is lightly broken up to accommodate living/dining/kitchen. This zoning is emphasised through a mixture of full height volumes and low height alcoves. All are hinged around a central stair case which draws together the main bedroom upstairs and two other bedrooms plus ablutions/laundry/WC downstairs. Multiple terraces flank the building on the north and south to provide outdoor amenity to a site where little exists. Macrocarpa shiplap cladding mixed with zincalume and fibreglass corrugate are used to help articulate the change in form from 'box' to 'tower'. Short listed for 2017 HOME of the year competition. Box & Tower was featured in Home Magazine in 2017. 

Close up of fibre-glass corrugate cladding and aluminium window joinery
Timber stairs to upper level with cut outs to dining room and kitchen
Interior kitchen with plywood floors looking over to dining room and living room with wood burner
Looking back to dining room and modern kitchen from living room
Box & Tower floor plan drawings
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