Tucked around the corner is a snug sitting area, separated from the open-plan space not by walls, but by the brick chimney. The ceiling plane ducks lower over this space, creating a much more intimate mood.
Overall, the house is a beautifully balanced composition of spaces with different moods and outlooks. Even though it was a relatively large house for its time, it is compact compared to the homes that now occupy coastal sites like it (the house is in the Auckland suburb of Glendowie), and has an efficient plan which delivers a great variety of interior and exterior experiences. One of our favourite rooms is the kitchen, with its continuation of the beautiful layering of timbers that characterises the rest of the house. Thankfully it too has been spared the indignity of an unsympathetic renovation.