Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Irving Smith Jack Architects | Neas Harris House

Neas Harris House
Moorhouse Avenue, Nelson
Completed 2005

Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd is widely recognised as a leading New Zealand architectural practice with a strong focus on environmental design. They are three partners with an experienced team of architectural assistants offering skills and support.

This Neas Harris family home occupies a challenging hillside site with a very small buildable area. Constrained by neighbours on two sides and by a steep slope to the Maitai River, the site nevertheless captures panoramic views, enjoys all day sun, and is sheltered from prevailing winds.

A three-levelled approach places living and service spaces on a main central level. Master bedroom, study, and bathroom are located above, with rumpus and childrens bedrooms below. The entrance is the key space within a tight plan, a hub for circulation. Its floating stair, flooded with light from above and crafted in Tasmanian oak and steel, lends a sense of space and a level of craft and delight to this daily encounter.

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