Architect: Architex New Zealand
In the Ruskin Street house, Eagle & Franich show their renovation expertise in a complete overhaul of a contemporary inner city home.
The existing front door was reclad in black anodised aluminium, adjacent to a new full height basalt stone feature wall. Over the entry, a double height atrium was formed in the original location of the staircase. A custom welded plate steel staircase with tawa treads and risers was installed as a visually floating sculptural piece.
The main living areas on the ground floor were rebuilt and relined, with negative detailing at the top and bottom of the interior walls featuring throughout the house. The existing tawa wood floors were blonded and a new gas fireplace was installed. The kitchen was reoriented from its original location, concealing a laundry room behind it. Upstairs the master bedroom suite was enlarged by building over an existing exterior deck. Twin ensuites were built either side of the master bedroom, featuring floor to ceiling marble tiling and back painted glass wall panels.
The courtyard received an extensive upgrade with new outdoor gas fireplace, stone paving and pebble lined reflection pond. For additional privacy, an eight metre high stainless steel framed screen with woven frosted acrylic panels was installed at the patio street side.
Images courtesy of the architect.