Cashmere Residence

Lookaway Place House
November 7, 2018
Christchurch Architects
Cannon Hill Crescent
August 10, 2017

This home is located on a secluded sloping site on the lower slopes of Cashmere in Christchurch.

The project was a major alteration to an existing house, with the brief being to open up individual rooms to create a contemporary open-plan living area as well as larger bedroom, garage and utility spaces.

By removing internal walls, raising ceilings and increasing window heights we were able to create a spacious and light-filled main living area that enjoys expansive views across the city. Use of Low-E glazing and high insulation levels have created a home that is comfortable all year round.

A minimalist interior colour palette of bright white colours is complemented by a pale engineered oak floor throughout the home, and a contrasting black appliance wall in the kitchen. The main injection of colour comes from the ever-changing views over the tree canopies over the city, and seasonal bursts of colour from the garden in the foreground.

Externally the original busy roofline and plaster cladding have been replaced with a much-simplified roofline and natural cedar cladding allowing the home to nestle elegantly into its tree-lined location alongside a reserve on the lower slopes of the Port Hills.

Expansive decking flows off the living spaces to provide sunny and sheltered outdoor living areas that allow for access and connection to all parts of the terraced gardens.