Business North March 2021

92 | We are specialists in bespoke interior t out, custom build cabinetry and furniture for the high end residential, commercial and marine industry and have gained an excellent reputation producing top quality cabinetry. We can work from your plans or ideas with your architect or interior designer, or we can assist you with creating a design for your project. 14E Echelon Place, Highbrook, East Tamaki Auckland 2013 Tel. +64 9 274 0984 Mob. +64 21 993 260 T Karen Phelps The 72sqm two-bedroom dwelling shares the ground floor with the main three-bedroom unit’s living space. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Construkt Associates W hen Madushin Amarasekera, from Construkt Associates, set about designing a renovation of his home into two separate dwellings to accommodate extended family it was important to remain true to the original character of the 1940’s state house. “The original home was symbolic of Mount Roskill and it was important the narrative I used to drive the concept was authentic,” he says. His aim was to create two homes under one roof yet provide separation between the fam- ilies while still allowing for regular interaction between the generations. In order to retain a back yard for his children to play a vertical extension was the solution. The result is a 72sqm two-bedroom dwelling, which shares the ground floor with the main three-bedroom unit’s living space. Bedrooms for the larger home are situated upstairs. Interaction is encouraged as both units are primarily accessed via a shared lobby. A secondary door gives entry into the minor dwelling while providing added separa- tion and privacy. Re-using and re-purposing existing mate- rials not only helped retain the connection with the original home but also assisted the modest budget for the project. This included Rimu studs, panelling and Matai flooring re-purposed as items such as stair treads, cabinetry or infill flooring. Original details including blackened holes from rusty nails give the home genuine character and provide distinctive detail. Original doors and window hardware were all refurbished and re-used in the home. Madushin says that the atrium is a vital aspect of the overall design bringing natural light into the living spaces, filtered via the sus- pended steel staircase. Energy efficiency was also taken into consideration and the homes has dimmable LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, taps on water restrictors, Low-E glazing in the skylight, green insulation and a 6qsm rainwater tank for irrigation. The project won a number of accolades at the 2020 Architectural Designers NZ awards including the Auckland regional awards for Residential Alterations and Additions and Res- idential Interiors before going on to take out the national 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award. Although Madushin has won a number of awards previously for his work, both in New Zealand and overseas, this is the first time he has picked up the ADNZ supreme award, made even more special by the fact it is for his own family home. Judges noted that the overall effect of the carefully interlocked horizontal and vertical spaces of the home was ‘village-like’ creating flow but also spaces of privacy and retreat. “We love the house and it’s great to be able to share this success with the whole family,” he says. Madushin, along with David Gibbs, Russell Cannons and Karl Barker, leads Construkt As- sociates Limited. Madushin says that the four directors bring complementary talent and experience to clients’ projects with collabora- tion at the forefront. Inspired design adds space and functionality We specialise in architecturally designed new builds and renovations. We pride ourselves on our eye for detail and communication. Let us assist you through the design process to ensure your project is a success. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, or at 027 327 5922