Architect: Scarlet Architects

In this dual family housing development, Eagle & Franich combined their expertise in residential and commercial construction to execute this building on a tight, urban site. Purpose designed for two families in central Auckland, the four storey townhouses are mirror images in plan. To keep the construction budget competitive, the common structure, services and exterior work were built for a fixed construction budget. The interior work was treated as two separate projects to give the owners the freedom and flexibility to personalise their interiors.

Starting from the back of the site and building towards the road boundary, ten metre high steel portal frames were craned and welded into position, forming the main structure for the houses. The exterior cladding is comprised of painted timber weatherboards and profiled metal cladding. Facing the tiered courtyard gardens, the structural steel frame is left expressed on the rear facade, with large glazed aluminum sliding doors and windows detailed into it.

A ribbon of coloured acrylic panels and LED strip lighting rises through the centre of each American oak staircase, teamed with a stainless steel frame and cable balustrade on the stair and landings. Directly above, a glazed roof clerestory window floods the atrium with natural light. The Middleton Road Duplex was awarded a NZIA Regional Award in 2008 and was a finalist in the 2008 Home New Zealand House of the Year competition.

Images courtesy of the architect.

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