Enclave Houses Remuera
This development continues an exploration of suburban living in
the context of typically developer driven housing and the on-going
pressure on land in Auckland. A pair of identical townhouses on a
characteristic suburban re-development site, the Enclave houses
were conceived as a speculative venture, their design intended as a
modern take on the traditional townhouse.
The proportions and simple roof forms of these homes prove
immediately familiar and provide a sense of place in this
The developer's brief has successfully been extended to
encompass issues of durability, sustainability and energy
conservation. Natural durable materials - raw plaster; cedar; zinc
roofing and spouting; aluminium and stainless steel - provide a
sense of agelessness and low maintenance practicability.
The buildings are heavily insulated and oriented to the sun to
take advantage of passive solar heat gain and the thermal mass of
the concrete floors. Summer sun control is provided by exterior
aluminium louvres and canopy overhangs with operable glass louvres
allowing good cross ventilation.
Planning is expansive with high ceilings and varied volumes
providing interest to the interior. The use of large, sliding,
glazed doors effectively removes large sections of wall allowing
living spaces to take maximum advantage of the outdoor landscaped
area and water feature. The kitchen-dining-family rooms run
seamlessly into the terrace forming a notional 'verandah' where
traditional indoor/outdoor boundaries are blurred.
NZIA Resene Local Award Winner 2004 Judges comment
"A well considered response to a developers brief has
created a striking pair of contemporary urban villas which respond
well to their site and context. Double volume spaces, galleries and
sliding walls cleverly evoke a spaciousness which belies the
tightly organised planning."