The Judges remarked “Juxtaposed against a cliff on a narrow site facing the harbour, this house eschews any of the normal formal concerns – the entry is hidden and just part of a journey that flips from private to public without modesty. This is a highly personal home for the architect and his family. Space is at a premium so boundaries are blurred rather than articulated, whilst every surface shows the mark of its makers – kids drawings adorn sandblasted glass and the ceiling has been set alight for effect. This home has the sense of both theatre and campsite – and provides a fitting backdrop for its family”

Organisationally, this home allows for both shared collective space and quiet moments of individual privacy and contemplation.

This project was built by McKee Builders.


Winner: NZIA Resene Local Architecture Award 2003 (Residential)
Winner: NZIA Resene New Zealand Award 2003 (Residential)
Winner: NZIA Resene Colour Award 2003 (Residential)

John Mills Architects

21 Garrett Street,
Te Aro, Wellington 6011
+64 4 385 2255
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