Photographs: Stephen Goodenough Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Year: 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790095/gleneagles-terrace-cymon-allfrey-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790095/gleneagles-terrace-cymon-allfrey-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Christchurch, New Zealand Architects: Allfrey + South Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: Hope’s Windows, Claddings, Stairs, kitchensArchitecture:Craig South, Cymon Allfrey, Abby Butler, Julie SimeStructural Engineer:TM Consultants LimitedLandscape Architecture:Kamo Marsh Landscape ArchitectsBuilder:GD Frost & SonCity:ChristchurchCountry:New ZealandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Two family homes make the most of a beautiful outlook towards Wairarapa Stream in urban Christchurch. Similar in form, each dwelling maximises the allowable building envelope, creating some voluminous internal living spaces, taking full advantage of the visual connection with the landscape running along the stream. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughEach home consists of plastered half gables rising up toward the centre, encapsulating the softer material palette of the rich natural cedar, which is running through the centre and out towards the stream. Save this picture!PlanThe homes are located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in a low density residential zone, with a narrow street frontage opening out to a wide North-East facing boundary following the edge of a stream. This gave a great opportunity for both units to have a stream outlook, but also removed a large portion of the site due to planning restrictions along this edge. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughEach home provides multiple living spaces to suit their individual family dynamics, with strong links to the landscaped outdoor courtyards overlooking a meandering waterway at the rear. Guest accommodation is provided on the ground level of each home with private spaces located on the first floor. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughThe design was focussed on the stream. As both families sought a similar outcome, the design solution was to create two elongated dwellings, each positioned to push their outdoor courtyards towards the stream. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughA solid plastered gable form was seemingly cut and stretched out toward each boundary, exposing an inner layer of vertical cedar weatherboard. What could have been a single building was then split to entice a glimpse to the natural waterway via a narrow separation. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughThe dwellings are slightly offset, giving each home the ability to receive an abundance of natural light without compromising privacy to the living and private spaces. Save this picture!SectionAccess to the private spaces on the first floor is via a unique stair in each dwelling. Each a focal point when migrating from the entrance through to the living spaces. One with a wine-rack within its undercroft, the other with a subtle randomness of tread, creating a small study nook under the landing. Save this picture!© Stephen GoodenoughThe introduction of raking ceilings to both levels maximises the volume whilst giving a greater ability for light to penetrate the depths of the various spaces. This accentuates the connection with the natural landscape beyond. The living spaces, separated by sliding doors, allow each space to be adapted to suit the occasion, both having access to the expansive outdoor living area. The outdoor spaces are broken into smaller intimate spaces giving a multitude of entertaining options. This teamed up with the internal living spaces forms the strong connection with the stream.Project gallerySee allShow lessLock & Be Free / Wanna OneSelected ProjectsBeishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier OSelected Projects Share Houses Area: 565 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Gleneagles Terrace / Allfrey + South ArchitectsSave this projectSaveGleneagles Terrace / Allfrey + South Architects New Zealand CopyAbout this officeAllfrey + South ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesChristchurchNew ZealandPublished on June 25, 2016Cite: “Gleneagles Terrace / Allfrey + South Architects” 25 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.