16 Satchell Way, Kaiwharawhara, Wellington

Cosgrove Goodwin Architects
May 2018 - August 2019
Bespoke Residential
David Hensel
ThreeSixty Photography
This stunning home designed by Cosgrove Goodwin Architects offers 180 degree views of Wellington Harbour. The design was inspired by the early 1940s bunkers in the Wellington hills, and enveloped by a modern angular metal roof.

Paul McCardle of Cosgrove Goodwin Architects commented that "like most homes in New Zealand, the early thinking on the project was to go with a timber framed house with a plaster finish to give a solid look. When the house was put out for preliminary pricing we looked into both options - precast concrete vs. timber framed."

"At the end of this process the decision was made to move forward with precast concrete due to its honesty, structure and cladding durability, acoustic performance, and alignment with the design concept.”

Consisting of two concrete floors and a lower service area, the home’s 140 square metre ground floor is a combination of slab-on-grade and a suspended concrete tray floor system, with the 80 square metre top floor being entirely suspended. There is hydronic underfloor heating (hot water piped through the slab) in these concrete floors. The concrete floors polished, and there is also exposed concrete walls in some parts of the interior. Stained plywood was also used extensively in the interior.

Another notable design feature is a unique ‘linear crank’, meaning the whole house is on a 13-degree twist that runs through the centre of the dwelling.

This is one of the more modern homes that we have built, with the smart systems allowing control of the house even from the other side of the world.

The exterior design includes raw precast concrete prominently, which delivers on the client’s vision of a ‘natural’ and ‘honest’ look, particularly for the main entrance way. There is feature custom patterns and features included in some of the precast panels, and the house address number was debossed into one of the road front panels.

Client Testimonial "As the house's owner, it's two years since completion and I would like to add that the house is still solid, beautiful, and we can really attest to how well-built it was. The Homestead team were responsive and easy to deal with during the build and the defects period. We highly recommend them!"
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