Dream family home in Brooklyn now a reality
Blacktree has just completed a high-spec home in Monteith Grove, Brooklyn, Wellington. Perched on a large 12,500 square metre site, the client came to Blacktree due to a personal connection with one of the directors.“He wanted us to design his dream family home, a place they would live for many years to come,” says Blacktree director Paul Lee.
Paul says the first step was to get to know the client, their needs, desires, preferences etc.“We spent a lot of time finalising the design, perhaps six months. The client had very specific ideas about forms, colours and layout so we wanted to get it right.”
Joon Park, another Blacktree director, says that when he first visited the site he felt like he was in a hang glider due the windy nature of the site and its aspect looking out over the ocean. This provided inspiration for the overall design and the roof reflects the look of a hang glider with its triangular shapes.
The home is set over 232 square metres and includes three bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms and an ensuite. Set over two levels upstairs includes a living area, dining room and kitchen. The space is divided by a fireplace and comfortable corners give cosy spaces to relax.
Quadruple stacker doors can completely open up the space giving flexibility including closing off one area to make an additional bedroom if desired. Downstairs are the bedrooms including a master bedroom with bi fold stacker doors that open out to reveal the view.
Zardyn Knapp from Anything Building is the main builder on site. From a construction perspective Paul, who is in charge of this aspect of the company, says that the rock layer under the site and the wind presented some challenges.
The site is located in a high wind zone and so the house had to be specifically engineered to take this into account.The overall look of the finished home is contemporary, clad in metal and timber with strong defined lines.
Paul and Joon say the finished project is indicative of Blacktree’s skills and desire to produce a dream home for each client.Based in Auckland Blacktree is made up of two companies: Blacktree Architects + Designers and Blacktree Construction Management.
The companies are owned by Paul Lee, Joon Park and Sang Park. All three met while studying architecture and design. While architecture and design was their initial focus when they started Blacktree Architects + Designers in 2008, due to client demand for a full service they started Blacktree Construction Management in 2016.
Paul says this allows them greater control of each project, from design to construction. “We realised that we were the ones that knew the home or building best because we had designed it so it made sense,” he says.
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