2016 CLAUDE MEGSON COUNTER CONSTRUCTIONS
Book by Giles Reid on 5 houses by New Zealand architect Claude Megson. Photography Jackie Meiring. Book design Seb McLauchlan. Now on sale.
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2016 KEW EXTENSION
Planning Permission Approved July.
2015 VENICE BIENNALE CURATOR
Shortlisted entry to curate New Zealand's entry to the 2016 architecture biennale, Venice. With Jason Whiteley and Max Lozach.
2015 TUNGENES MARITIME MUSEUM
2014 CHRISTCHURCH EARHQUAKE MEMORIAL
A grid of stainless steel poles, laid across both land and water, one for each victim.
2014 AKEPIRO STREET
A mini tower in Auckland, formed by alternating solids and voids. Each apartment has a perimeter balcony and a glazed face screened by slender vertical louvres. Chrome plated columns thread the building together.
The ground floor divides into retail, apartment lobby and carstacker entrance. The top floor is a communal space for the residents and their guests.
With CPRW Fisher
2014 ZAGREB ALUARTS FORUM
With Branka Bilic
2014 HILL HOUSE
A private house for a client near Glenorchy in the South Island of New Zealand.
2013 GLASNEVIN CHAPEL
The design creates a shared landscape with the existing Monument to the 1916 Easter Rising, Dublin. The building's east face is aligned with the Monument, forming a generous entrance. An avenue of trees is introduced to frame the Monument and soften its landscape.
The new chapel aims to become public building with a simple unifying form and materials, animated inside by light through a frosted façade. Facing west, it presents a classical and calm elevation on approach. Funeral cars drive up to a parking area in front. The cortège then walks parallel to the Monument approach, towards the chapel entrance. The entrance takes the form of a portico, where people can congregate.
2013 HERRINGBONE SHELVING SYSTEM
2013 DREAM PAVILION COMPETITION
2013 WINE GLASS - MUJI COMPETITION
2013 HELSINKI LIBRARY COMPETITION
The bulk of the building is buried below the ground, creating a meadow or ground plane which is owned by the public, free to use this space at any time. A lattice made of metal sails floats over this ground, providing dappled shade in summer and acting as a sieve for the snow in winter.
The house sits on a wooded site, sloping down to a small stream. The clients are a couple, one of whom works from home. They have a young child. The entrance is at the top level, where bedrooms are also located. From the landing, a double height space opens up with diagonal views to the stream. One descends a cantilevered staircase alongside a stone wall, down to the main living area. A snug is created under the main volume, with a fireplace which helps ground the light structure on the site.
The house sits in a suburban context on a gently sloping corner site. The building is pulled to this corner so as to build right up to the plot perimeter. This move creates space for an inner private courtyard. The building is reduced in apparent size by being divided between the house proper and a smaller garage structure with small study space over.
Materials to the street are deliberately urban, formed of sheet metal in a brick bond pattern. Materials to the courtyard by contrast are more tactile, - timber cladding, bespoke joinery and more extensive glazing. The roof is formed by a simple hip, cut through however at slight oblique angle, creating a house-shaped profile in the courtyard.