• Location

    St Heliers, Auckland

  • Sqm


  • Builders

    Building Elements

  • Photographer

    Jackie Meiring

  • Type

    Housing - Additions & Alterations

  • Awards

    • 2021 Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects - Local Award Winner



Clare introduced us to Jack Gilbert’s poem ‘A Brief for the Defense’, where we are urged that ‘We must risk delight’.

And so began a fulfilling collaboration to understand Clare’s personality and create a home of considered comfort and delight. Delight is experienced through the articulation of light via specific window and skylight positioning and detailing, multiple bespoke cabinetry elements and specific material selections.
A second storey window seat allows for a perch to read, relax and interact with the street from a comfortable place.

"A pop-out window seat overlooking the street is a clue that something’s going on inside this modest suburban house. The otherwise original façade hides an interior transformation that is both surprising and in keeping with the spirit of this 1950s home. Immaculate detailing and thoughtful design decisions, specifically around the placement of skylights and windows, create delight and will extend the life of the original house for another 50 years. As its name suggests, Clare’s Place fits the client like a glove."

Jury Citation - 2021 Local Architecture Awards

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