This house is next to the Botanical Gardens in Wellington, precisely on a relatively narrow site which became a challenge for Parsonson Architects to create the garden house. The existing buildings were demolished down to the level of the underground garage, leaving some and reused along with the existing Rimu floorboards.
The house is set around a garden courtyard facing north, allowing natural sunlight to enter the living area and providing a quiet and private small sitting area outside. There are views from the main living area to the Botanical Gardens across the street below, including from the back rooms, which overlook the gardens. This house has a lot of natural materials with a warm wood feel with lots of shelves and functional walls. The goal is to accommodate owners for a beautiful collection of medieval furniture, art and light fixtures.
On the outside, exterior is lined with soft stained vertical cedar that goes hand in hand with the existing dwelling and to sit comfortably with the greenery surrounding it. Due to the shape of the roof sloping upwards, this property looks very low and is almost hidden when viewed from the Botanical Gardens or the highway.
Photography: Paul McCredie