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Wall House in Christchurch

25 Sep 2023

Design: MCAS

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Wall House Christchurch New Zealand

Photos by Baptiste Marconnet

Wall House, NZ

The main design drivers behind the project have been combining a solid street frontage, The Wall, with a fragmented north face that opens to the sun and the view, as well as creating an energy efficient and naturally heated and cooled internal environment with 3x the required insulation.

Wall House Christchurch NZ

This residential home resides atop Mt Pleasant in Christchurch, New Zealand overlooking the natural landscape of the mountain and the waters of the Estuary. Designed to the landscape and surrounding environment, the building’s form stands honestly with purpose.

Wall House Christchurch

We at MC Architecture Studio, began the design process with an understanding of the surrounding environments impact on the building and vice versa. The Wall House has been formed to address, and exist alongside, its exterior world. Its fragmented northern façade splits open for maximum sun contact, while protecting a sheltered outdoor living area from the prevailing winds.

Wall House Christchurch

The shape creates two alternative wings, one reaching out to the North Eastern corner of the site, while the other leans to the North West directing out towards the view.

Wall House Christchurch NZ

“The experience in the journey from the street to the home’s interior is celebrated”. From the street the visitor stands with curiosity and wonder, as an “outsider” to the home, someone to not yet be trusted. The street facing wall cloaks the home in its entirety as well as the view beyond acting as a form of protection to the residents within.

Wall House Christchurch New Zealand

Upon closer approach, the wall tears itself open with a small split, offering the visitor a point of entry into the transitional space between the two atmospheres of interior and exterior. This tightly confined space narrowly surrounded by tall white concrete walls, enforces an equal sense of protection as well as fear of being defenseless.

Wall House Christchurch NZ

As the white walls fade into the background, direction of sight is drawn towards the black tiled door that stands alone at the end of the path. Though this space offers no external connection to what lies beyond the walls, a simple and inviting gesture of natural life comes from the soft and organically molded timber door handle.

Wall House Christchurch NZ

Once being welcomed inside through the tiled doorway, you leave the confining four walls where external sight is lost, and are greeted into the home by the outstanding view of the bay and surrounding natural landscape. The home now offers up all its previously kept secrets and gifts the visitor with a sense of protection.

Overall the completed home is one of curiosity and protection from the outside, while focused on comfort, environment and sense of security from within.

Wall House Christchurch

Wall House in Christchurch, NZ – Project Information

Architects Office: MCAS – Max Capocaccia Architecture Studio
Architect: Max Copocaccia
Website: https://www.mcarchstudio.nz/

Wall House Christchurch New Zealand

Photography: Baptiste Marconnet

Wall House, Christchurch, New Zealand images / information received 250923 from MCAS

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

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