Architect Anthony Hoete was faced with the challenge to build a reasonably radical house in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby, where zoning ensures that neighbourhoods aren’t radically altered by development.
Hoete's solution was the "Villameter - a villa designed and built to the nearest millimeter".
Standing in total contrast to its traditional surroundings, this home’s exterior features black walls, angled on slightly different planes, with windows that appear as large cut-outs. A low profile frame, with virtually no aluminium showing, makes the windows appear as glass panels within the wall. Special custom flashings are welded and shaped to the profile of the weatherboards, achieving unison between the joinery and the house.
Providing a complete opening from the living area to the outdoors is a huge 12 metre floor to ceiling stacking door. Gliding on a flush track it creates a continuous connection between inside and out.
This was an unusual and complex project with all the windows and doors built on site. The strong colour palette and bold architecture complement each other, while pushing all the boundaries of architectural capabilities.
Home magazine “Home of the Year” finalist, NZ Institute of Architects - local architecture award, Resene Colour Award