From the architect. Standing in the living room, one feels like they are in a bird house. Surrounded by bushland and tall gums the 'Bird House’ was designed to have a strong connection to its setting and the abundance of native flora and fauna on the site. The design really brings the outside in, maximises immediate and distant views and encompases the benefits of natural light and natural cross-ventilation.


The Japanese traditional wooden framework method consists of modules with pillar spacing of 1間 (= about 1820 mm). Therefore, the distance between the pillars also follows the size. We made it possible to install fittings between most of the pillars, and with the fittings tailored to the module, the owners themselves created a boundary which was easily exchangeable. And we set up a space called "between the pillars" which goes through the center to the 1st and 2nd floors. "Between the pillars" becomes an intermediate area when changing plans by movement of joiners, and more patterns are born. In addition,...



From the architect. The house was the rebuild option for a family of four who lost their previous home further up the valley in the 2012 Christchurch earthquake. The site was challenging with a long and narrow shape as well as being situated in a floodplain, however offered many benefits in regards to established trees and favourable planning rules. The form of the building responds to these site restrictions, environmental factors and the clients brief.