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Timber Design Awards

Arnold Street House

The Arnold Street House required a sensitive response to a complex set of restraints; from heritage zoning, considered sustainability, sloping terrain, and an extended family owner-occupier dynamic.

The Arnold Street House required a sensitive response to a complex set of restraints; from heritage zoning, considered sustainability, sloping terrain, and an extended family owner-occupier dynamic. The expressive use of timber was seen as the obvious choice, to provide warmth of building fabric, a sense of place, a sustainable material choice, and material of natural integrity.

The project is most characterised by the Innovative use of the indigenous timber Totara, typically noted for its strength, natural resistance to decay, rich ruby brown colouring, and ‘indigenous’ cultural heritage. This material choice, was explored extensively in the concept design phase, to identify key opportunities to maximise its natural characteristics.

The Kitchen, which frames the view to the public reserve, and connects directly to a covered outdoor dining space and garden beyond, is characterised by its use of solid 18mm laminated Totara for the joinery. A decision based on its aesthetic richness, as well as its integrity of durability.

Totara features throughout the project in other key design areas. These areas include its clear finish use for all new external window and door frames (as a counter point to the cedar), as the core structural and decorative element of the external Dining Pergola roof structure, external Decking, floating Stair treads, and as well as a key landscaping element to define the garden beds, and gradient transitions. It’s use internally and externally serves to anchor the building to its site.

Other indigenous timber uses include recycled Matai and Rimu flooring, and recycled Kauri shelving.