This fully glazed facade house by Vaughn McQuarrie is located in New Zealand. Completed in 2016, the house structured like a tiny village with a large double-height space at its center and several single-story areas organized around it. There are also two mezzanine platforms and a side lane which brings the house closer to an old stone wall found on the adjacent property. There’s a really nice dynamic in and around the house. In total, there are 247 square meters of living space.
Description by Vaughn McQuarrie Architects
The concept for the house was to create a central grand space, surrounded by smaller spaces, somewhat like a church in the center of a small village. The “church” which resembles a traditional boatshed shape, consists of a singular open space created by parallel precast concrete walls with a skillion roof sitting on top. Mezzanine spaces at either end, accessed by a sculptural helical stair, contain a sleeping space on one and a working space the other. Each end is fully glazed.
The layout of the structures on the site has created a “lane” down the side which engages with an old stone wall on the adjacent property. The lane leads to a large entry door on the side of the main space. The door is directly adjacent to the helical stair and below a walkway linking the two mezzanine platforms. Once you enter, you are drawn into the central double height space.
The use of Litecrete precast concrete panels (a lightweight aggregate is used to improve the thermal performance) allows them to be left exposed inside and out, this in combination with exposed steel beams and timber floor beams allow the primary structure of the main space to become the finished fabric. The single-story structures surrounding the main space contain guest accommodation and ancillary spaces.