The house is a passive design by Jessop Architects allowing for maximum heat retention through design and specification of materials, excellent ventilation and orientation to sun. The position of house is in a low lying bush area so taking advantage of sun was essential.
The landscape design maximised the passive house design by thinning existing trees and reducing the canopy to allow more filtered light to fall on living areas. This also allowed for increased light to lower understorey planting so that a greater variety of species could be used. The planting was entirely eco sourced natives all of which naturally grow in the area. An artistic, modern element was introduced with mass planting of certain species to create a more dramatic planting result.
The house was originally built for Tim Grocer our Trade Minister. Mr Grocer was particularly supportive of the creation of a sustainable landscape incorporating wetlands and the introduction of some rare native plants to reinforce his commitment to the environment. To that end native bird attracting species were specified which has brought in large numbers of Tui, Kererū and a variety of smaller native species which forage right up close to the extensive deck areas. Mr Grocer was appreciative with our suggestion of using brush gutter guard as leaf drop onto roofs in Titirangi can be difficult to deal with.
The result is a beautiful space for entertaining and just enjoying the outdoors. The project was a success on all levels.