De­sign note­book

Q&A with ar­chi­tect Ju­lian Guthrie

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You bought the place at auc­tion when no one else bid – what put ev­ery­one off? It’s not your quin­tes­sen­tial Re­muera gin­ger­bread house, but that was its most en­tic­ing as­pect for us.

The house was largely un­touched, but it had es­caped a few mad schemes over the years? A renowned 90s ar­chi­tect had pro­posed a mas­ter suite ad­di­tion in the form of a glass boat, among sev­eral other schemes.

You’ve re­spected the bones, but you’ve also up­dated things in a few places. How do you strike that bal­ance? I think it’s im­por­tant that the new work ref­er­ences the orig­i­nal so it feels co­he­sive but also con­tem­po­rary.

The spa­ces are mod­est, but nicely pro­por­tioned. How does it work for a fam­ily of six? The house has gen­er­ous out­door ar­eas so it’s made for sum­mer, but the lay­out also al­lows enough space to be to­gether or re­treat as de­sired.

Any fur­ther plans for the place? It works so well post ren­o­va­tions that we are less in­clined to make any ma­jor ad­di­tions or al­ter­ations. How­ever, the main bed­room with its 1960s wardrobe is un­der­whelm­ing and is on my ur­gent hit list!

1. En­try 2. Kitchen 3. Liv­ing/Din­ing 4. Bed­room 5. Study 6. Bath­room 7. Deck 8. Gym 9. Laun­dry 10. Stor­age 11. Pool 12. Pool pump First floor

Ground floor

Far right Guthrie says that am­ple out­door liv­ing make this a fan­tas­tic sum­mer house, but there’s also room enough in­side to share or seek re­treat.

Right Guthrie’s ren­o­va­tion dug be­neath the home to cre­ate ad­di­tional space with­out al­ter­ing the lines of the build­ing.

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