Strachan Group Architects (SGA)
Residential Architectural Excellence, Cladding Building Envelope, Interior Fit Out
The Gladehouse is a late 50’s residential dwelling set in a bush glade in the suburb of Remuera. With a low pitched gabled roof, raking ceilings and exposed rafters, the client’s loved the style of the original house, and were committed to ‘recycling’ the building instead of starting anew. Fundamental to the redesign was the notion of providing graduated connections” to the surrounding glade, physical and visual.
Spaces are defined by a “blade” element, an extension of the original chimney breast that alters the entrance’s appearance, unifying the two floors and creating a stairwell that accommodates two fireplaces – one exterior, one interior.
Timber has been used extensively to reference the materiality of the surrounding glade of trees, bringing their colour, texture and aroma into the house’s interior, strengthening the connection between interior and exterior.