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Kingswood House in Lyttelton, Christchurch

6 Sep 2023

Design: MC Architecture

Location: Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand

Kingswood House Christchurch New Zealand

Photos by Mick Stephenson

Kingswood House, NZ

The original Kingswood House building on the site was demolished due to a series of earthquakes that affected the region. The demolition revealed the original roof trusses that were rescued and safely stored by the client who was hoping to reuse them. The trusses became an important feature of the new build. Their strengthening was achieved with rusted metal plates and exposed bolts.

Kingswood House Christchurch NZ

The new building envelope needed to fit in the industrial port area responding to the heritage constraints of the city plan. This led the design to keep the original shape of the building, reinterpreting the structure and cladding material.

Kingswood House Christchurch NZ

The client requested an open space that celebrates the view to the port and creates privacy from the surrounding. For this the design of the big steel and cedar window façade has allowed a great view to the harbour, the hill and the stormy southerly weather.

Kingswood House Christchurch

The house has been designed to expose the big steel structure and bracing elements in order to provide a sense of safety in reflection to the dramatic event of the 2011, and it has been used to give a visual rhythm to interior, otherwise too dispersive space.

Kingswood House Christchurch NZ

Kingswood House Christchurch

The walls were built from a SIP lightweight material (structural insulated panel) to achieve greater thermal insulation.

Kingswood House Christchurch New Zealand

The layout creates a feeling of openness towards the south façade, whilst creates a more sheltered and intimate area in the back of the building, encouraging visitors to direct their attention towards the living area. The volumes have been designed to create ‘hiding’ space and targeted views.

Kingswood House Christchurch New Zealand

Although the whole space is actually big and open, there are many areas where you can feel protected and sheltered. A corner hidden living has been created as a private nook to allow the house to be lived in a variety of atmospheres.

Design: MC Architecture –, Max Capocaccia

Kingswood House Christchurch

Photography: Mick Stephenson

Kingswood House, Christchurch, New Zealand images / information received 060923 from MC Architecture

Location: Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand

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