9 Elmstone

Industrial family home

A suburban context – the site splays out from the end of a quiet Auckland cul-de-sac and slopes steeply away towards the North.

The brief was to provide a family home for a young family. It was essential to maintain open ground for the boys to play whilst allowing for a vegetable garden. The house was to be as economical as possible due to the 400-square-metre floor area.

The architectural strategy was to arrange house volumes as densely as possible in a configuration that accounted for the steep site and ensured ample ground remained for the boys. Spaces are arranged vertically over three levels, each with its distinct outlook toward the garden and pool. The primary form, enclosed beneath a single sloped roof, allows for a variation of floor and ceiling levels to individualise the spatial experience throughout the home.

Industrial materiality, pre-cast concrete walls and simple concrete floors play against the sophisticated yet subtle detailing of more traditional residential finishes. The placement of concrete elements within the home provides thermal mass to absorb the heat from the plentiful northern and eastern sun to regulate the house's internal temperature. These elements provide a sustainable material that enhances the living environment and quality of space. The construction allows the design to reinvent the social character and increases the living quality of the house.

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Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand


  • Daniel Marshall
  • Nick Veint
  • Mike Hartley
  • Nick Sayes
  • Karamia Muller


  • Emily Andrews
  • Ernie Shackles


  • HOME of the Year – Finalist
  • NZIA – Auckland Branch Award
  • CCANZ – Concrete³ Sustainability Award, Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction


  • HOME New Zealand
  • New Suburban: Reinventing the Family Home in Australia and New Zealand