The design rules at Jack’s Point are pretty tight. How did you get this through? The intention of the rules is that the houses relate to their site, the landscape and context. There are rules which are set so that people have parameters to work with. But you can test them if there’s another way of doing things and it fits within the process. Also, when we started there were no other houses in the street.
Some of the spaces are small, but it never feels mean. How did you know it would work? We thought a lot about that – it’s all very well doing plans on the computer. While you get more of a sense of things when you draw – we do a lot of that physically – we do measurements of walls and try to get a sense of what that might feel like. You do get challenged by people.
It seems glib to talk about boats – and yet it is reminiscent of one. We did think about how they create storage on boats – it’s really clever. They have small little spaces and dining spaces and they’re really successful. We’ve always been interested in small spaces and how you make a multi-purpose room – even in big houses.
Q&A with architect Anna-Marie Chin
Ground floor First floor 12. Storage 13. Main bedroom 14. Ensuite 15. Study 16. Void
1. Deck 2. Living 3. Kitchen 4. Paving 5. Dining 6. Bathroom 7. WC 8. Bedroom 9. Entry 10. Garage 11. Entry stairs
The ladder in the kitchen accesses the loft. The artwork at the end of the hall is ‘The Island’ by Dylan Silva and Georgiana Paraschiv. Middle There was enough room in the petite bathroom to include a bath. Far right Tom designed the gantry, which was made by Arrowtown Engineering, where Tyler and Noah stand.