Ponsonby Terrace

Posted on 13 December, 2012 02:25am

This project involves the demolition of the existing house which was constructed in 1975. Demolition in Res 1 zones is allowed in this case because heritage rules protect only pre 1940's construction.

The main mass of the new house, it's size, location and relationship to the street and surrounding houses, reflects the design principals adopted in the area. The overall mass is larger than some of the surrounding buildings, but is broken into two separate elements, more in keeping with traditional cottage scale.

Drawing on the Local materials of the area - weatherboard profiled concrete panels are proposed to mimic the linear quality of timber weatherboards. Vertically patterned white openable screens are a reference to villa balustrading, fretwork & window fenestrations elsewhere. This ornamentation creates a layering aspect to the façade typical of villa decoration. Screen panel patterning has been derived from the Rauponga artwork from iconic New Zealand artist Gordon Walters. The word 'Rauponga' literally translates to mean 'fern leaf' and was a specific pattern used in traditional Maori wood carving. These screen panels are also a subtle reference to a stained glass work featured in all saints Church located nearby

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