This project involved considerable work to a  heritage protected house in Auckland. The house is known as ‘New Zealand’s largest flat’, has  been home to many well-known politicians, artists, writers, scholars, and activists since its purchase  by the Client the early 1980’s.

While the exterior and accommodation areas were the subject of previous upgrades,  the  service areas of the house suffered from compounding adhoc alterations, waterproofing issues and general wear and tear associated with older dwellings with a high occupancy load.

One main objective of the brief was to rationalise space,  storage and circulation.  Retrofit work to these areas included complete stripping of interior linings, waterproofing surfaces, re-lining and finishing. Updating of electrical reticulation and fire alarm systems was carried out. Concrete floors were ground, polished and sealed. A commercial-grade kitchen and joinery was installed, and a walk-in chiller was added to reduce energy usage and save space taken by the multiple traditional refrigerators. Large bathrooms were completely refurbished and brought up to current requirements. Bespoke dining furniture was designed so as to provide flexibility for different uses.

Detailing and materials were specified that were robust and easily maintained.  The finished project provides a simple modern background palette for the house’s residents to inhabit and personalise.

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