Mountain View House Mt Eden
Sited just beyond the shadow of Maungawhau, the building is a
response to the mountain's dominant presence in the landscape.
The roof planes rise to the sun, reaching for the mountain and
extending over a double height glazed volume at the northern end of
the house. This communal living space is a transitional zone, both
interior & exterior, filtering and controlling the sunlight and
framing the slightly incongruous rural views of the mountainside in
an otherwise suburban landscape.
Traditional painted weatherboards and natural timber provide
links to the existing housing stock and are combined with materials
that are fire-formed like the volcano, steel portal frames, glass
and caged rocks.
A building intended to stand out and still be very much of its
NZIA Resene Local Award Winner 2007 Jury Citation
"Crouched on its site in a salute to the sun- and mountain -
this house clearly delights its elderly occupants. In stark
contrast to the neighbouring closed fronted villas, the house
maximises both views and sunlight, boldly addressing the street
without abandoning its neighbourhood connections through careful
consideration of materiality and scale. The architect's approach to
sustainability, cleverly employing passive heating and ventilation
principles, creates a welcoming, warm, light and comfortable
environment - a simple yet often overlooked ingredient essential in
making a house a home."