MRTN Architects was formed by Antony Martin and is located in Melbourne, Australia. They have been working on a variety of jobs that have included new homes – in the city and in the country, transformative renovations and stylish shops.
Their recently completed residence is House Under Eaves in Point Wells, New Zealand that’s located in a new neighborhood not far from Auckland.
From the architect. This new house was one of the first built on a flat site that has been split up to create well sized semi-suburban semi-coastal sections on what was once pastoral land. We wanted to respect the client’s privacy and provide a layered separation from front to back.
We proposed the use of shadow as a design material, creating an oversized dark roof that rests on thick cedar clad walls. From the interior the black eaves frame the landscape views and enhance the appearance of the surrounding greenery.
The living areas are arranged either side of a wide cedar lined wall that continues from the garden to the rear through to the entry. This wall acts as a threshold separating the kitchen from the living and dining spaces. These spaces are also set on a lower level to the kitchen.
House Under Eave has a shifting scale; from the street the house appears as a compact assemblage of parts. On entering however the scale expands as you move through the plan and spills out to a verdant garden. It is in this space the owner can retreat to, connected to the garden but sheltered by the eave.
- Architects: MRTN Architects
- Location: Point Wells 0986, New Zeeland
- Architect in charge: Antony Martin
- Area: 240.0 sqm
- Project year: 2016
- Photographs: Anthony Basheer
- Manufacturers: CHH, Inlite, MIDDLE EARTH, RK, ROSS GARDAM, Vola.