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Home and Building, Volume 37 Number 6 (1975)

3 Town Houses

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3 Town Houses

Architects: Mark-Brown, Fairhead, Sang and Carnachan. Contractor: J.W. Jenkins Construction Ltd. Landscape Architect: E.O. Smyth Photography: Rees Osborne

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BRIEF: To design 3 townhouses on a small exclusive residential site, well endowed with large mature trees — situated 170 Kohimarama Rd., Auckland. To provide an intimate, compact and private living area for each Townhouse, with its own landscaped courtyards, brick paved carports and walkways.

DESIGN: The layout of the three freehold titles fully utilises the maximum building permitted, after allowing for the living and service courts.

Carports are located 5'0" from the front boundaries; preserving the large existing trees meant providing apertures through the roofs to enable tree trunks and branches to protrude above. To overcome problems of a "messy" view on to the carport roof, the whole area has been tanked with bitumenised sheeting and rainwater retained to form a large reflecting pool.

Use of reflective glass ensures complete privacy to the interior from the landscaped courtyards and street. The glass completely reflects the trees and gardens, visually extending the courtyards.

Layout of the three Townhouses is similar varying in area from 1000 sq.ft. to 1250 sq.ft, designed on a 2'0" module for floor joists and exposed roof rafters. 2 Bedrooms, bathroom and laundry and entry hall on the ground floor, with large lounge, kitchen and dining opening out onto tiled balconies at first floor.

MATERIALS: Roughcast on concrete blockwall exterior and Cedar weatherboard. Random plaster to all interior surfaces paint finish. Painted galvanised steel roof; timber joinery enamel painted;

FLOOR: Slab on hardfill. Plywood first floor, exposed with floor joists. ½" fibrous plaster ceiling. Shag pile carpets and Italian 8 x 8 glazed ceramic tiles. Quarrytile base with free standing stainless steel fireplaces.

KITCHENS: Natural timber finish to all doors etc. Italian tiled floors with mirror toespaces. Ceramic tiled benches.

HEATING: Electric heaters throughout, mounted into the walls.

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