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Cottage Sandwich in Auckland

12 Sep 2021

Architects: Matter

Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Cottage Sandwich

The Cottage Sandwich did have a character that the clients wished to keep and enhance, while doing so reconnecting with the large flat corner site. Cars were a low priority, bikes being the preferred transportation method.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

The site was full of old structures such as sheds, retaining walls, and badly placed oak trees. There were also potential drainage and flooding items to address.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

The cottage was floating in the middle of the site with little connection to the land or the streetscape. Architects Matter proposed to sew in the additions to each end of the structure, extruding the internal spaces into the landscape and beyond.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

The internal areas of the cottage were massaged and opened up, creating a full length connection hallway between the two new additions. Timber wall framing was removed, reconditioned, and reused as benchtops, exposed timber slats, and battening. Existing external joinery was removed and replaced with new, matching the original cottage’s front door patterning.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

We celebrated the existing character of the cottage by contrasting the form, scale, and materiality of the proposed additions. To ensure a sympathetic contrast we kept some familiar elements in a reinterpreted form including the angles of the roof forms and timber weatherboards. Using the reconditioned timbers from the original cottage throughout the internal spaces further marries the spaces together.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Shifting the floor plain down, level with the site, in the new spaces further connected the new home to the land while introducing a playful nature between new interior spaces across split levels / old and new.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Sustainability was a driving force, in particular prioritising retaining the existing home and the materials as much as possible. Litecrete panels were chosen for their thermal mass, pre-cast, and insulation properties. These beautiful panels provided a sculptural quality on which the timber cladding sits upon or plays between levels. The Litecrete was also used to mitigate privacy and sound in certain areas, setting up the now familiar discourse between old and new.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

The new home sits comfortably in the surrounding streetscape engaging and inviting interaction where appropriate and creating privacy where needed.

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Cottage Sandwich in Auckland, North Island – Building Information

Architect: Matter

Project size: 260 sqm
Site size: 670 sqm
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2

Cottage Sandwich Auckland NZ

Photography: Simon Devitt

Cottage Sandwich, Auckland NZ images / information received 130921

Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

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