Mission Bay House

2007, Mission Bay Auckland

The house evolved around the idea of printing, labelling and the history of the Family, having been in the printing and production industry since 1883, and a way in which to preserve that history. The central core of the house was perceived as a storage container - a treasure trove of knowledge.

As an overlay Piet Mondrian was introduced as a study in terms of the principles he founded of a rigid form of abstraction: allowing only for a canvas subsected into rectangles by horizontal and vertical lines, and colored using a very limited palette. From this the planning of the house is laid out in a patch work of rectangular geometric form, also alluding to print layout and labelling.

The materials are chosen for their permanence, warmth, texture and their reference to the original theme of a limited palette.

Photography by Patrick Reynolds