Waiheke Coastal : Slowcooked
The happy outcome is an architectural engagement in true Island Time spanning over 3 years and continuing- one main idea a year slow cooked insertions to resuscitate a tired Lockwood and its Fibrolite neighbour – completed in time every year for the expatriate kiwi owners' annual 2 week visit over Christmas and the New Year.
The client stipulation was to retain and optimise opportunities presented by the 2 existing buildings rather than remove and replace;
This simple design strategy meant resisting the temptation to be overly architectonic, use slicker construction details or expensive ostentatious materials so that the 2 renovated buildings can still be understood as a direct response to their humble beginnings- notwithstanding a few low key architectural features to prompt interest and conversation such as a translucent glass sliding wall nicknamed the "Ron-ster", a chain downpipe assembly, proprietary stainless steel rope balustrading in a hardwood frame. A cheerful and colourful seaside interior décor completes the picture of relaxed open seaside serenity – just the light bright Get-away from a wintry northern Hemisphere christmas season.