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Francis Bell House 2011

The site is located in Eastbourne, a seaside suburb situated across Wellington Harbour from Wellington City. Layers of hills surround the harbour on two sides creating a varied and interesting topography. The property is steep and borders a large area of native bush reserve and is only accessible by steps and cable car. It sits high above the other houses in the area and is surrounded by bush and birdsong.

The house is composed of extruded formes on two levels. The upper level is bent to follow the contours of the hill and contain a sheltered upper garden and lawn. The lower level is straight, following the contours at first then cantilevering out to the view. The point where these two forms separate creates the entry courtyard punctuated by a chimney.

The strip like forms are accentuated further by the use of dark corrugated iron cladding and lines of windows and green fibre-cement, which ensures the house is folded into and sits discreetly in its setting.

The roof of the living level below forms a large deck for the upper level, creating a runway floating in an amphitheatre of bush.

Photography - Parsonson Architects

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