Rising to the challenge of a long, narrow Grey Lynn site, this classic villa transitions into a triumphant contemporary ‘stage’ for living where you hardly know if you’re in or you’re out. We added character details and now it looks pretty as a picture in front. Beyond the hallway and bedrooms, the clients’ love of mid-century modern sets a sumptuous tone.

Project Name: The Stage and the Cave
Studio Name: Rogan Nash Architects
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 1
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Photography: Simon Devitt

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Pool Side ©Simon Devitt

Everything is based on that idea. We chose all other furniture to complement the sideboard the client owned, for which we created the perfect position.

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Fire Place ©Simon Devitt

It’s an extensive renovation with a gallery containing cave-like spaces – a storage-packed scullery, laundry and media room – between the existing house and a sundrenched living, dining, kitchen addition featuring a high timber acoustic ceiling.

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Internal View ©Simon Devitt

Glass walls dissolve boundaries for instant connection to the outdoors. Sheltered terraces in the carefully considered north-facing garden have outdoor fireplaces and a lap pool runs the length of the new addition. Every part of this small site was carefully planned to be relaxing, sophisticated and liveable.


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