Intuitive approach brings extraordinary results

Intuitive approach brings extraordinary results

A distinctively shaped home in Remuera, Auckland, was a response to an hour-glass shaped site, which presented Eqo Leung, director of ARCHITECTUREPUBLIC, with a few challenges.
“The site had a 2.5m level drop and, at the tightest point, was only about 9m wide resulting in a very restrictive height in relation to boundary.
“The design strategy was to make use of the constraints as opportunities to create a very sculptural and contemporary home that connects the upper street entry part of the site with outdoor living space further down,” he explains.
The 320sqm home is set over two storeys. Eqo has kept the design of the front facade simple with a clean palette of charcoal and white.
The articulation of the entry provides a hint that there’s more beyond. The dynamic geometry of the design is achieved by merging the wall and roof planes through the triangulation of the shifts between floor plates.
This sculptural quality of the external building form is carried through into the interior, providing interesting perspectives and spatial experience, and at the same time create a sense of spaciousness.
The home is a classic example of Eqo’s intuitive approach to architecture where he aims to elicit an emotional response.
This has led him to take an instinctive spiritual approach to design with an ethos of ‘simple but not ordinary’ no matter whether he is designing residential, commercial, interiors or public services architecture.
“The architecture that I produce always has an extraordinary quality to it – an intangible quality that touches on people’s emotions and spirit. There is no bias over function and form – they are both important,” he says.
He is a firm believer that architecture is always about people, hence his choice of company name.
“Understanding the client is a key part of how I ensure the design is connected with emotion and feeling. It’s an intangible thing and it’s why I spend a lot of time with clients so I can really understand them before I put a design on paper.”
Eqo is no stranger to accolades for his work and just last year a project he worked on while at Opus Architecture won a heap of honours.
The 6000sqm $27million University of Waikato Law and Management Building project incorporated the synergy between modern learning environment and the concept of ‘Ako’- the traditional Maori education approach.
The project won the NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award (Education) 2017, NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award – Waikato/Bay of Plenty (Education) 2017, Silver Medal at the DINZ Best Design Awards (Spatial) 2017 and won the New Zealand Concrete Society Monte Craven Architectural Building Award 2017.
The project has also been selected as a finalist at this year’s World Architecture Awards in Amsterdam. ARCHITECTUREPUBLIC is starting construction early next year of a house extension in Auckland.
It is also working on the designs of two bespoke houses in Epsom and a multi-use project in Guangdong, China is in the early feasibility study stage.
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