25th January 2023 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn This week’s instalment of the Project of the Week series features a glamorous oak home design by 2022 SBID Awards Finalist, Space Studio. SBID Awards Category: Residential House Under £1M Practice: Space Studio Project: Herne Bay Residence Location: Auckland, New Zealand What was the client’s brief? Our client loved the hotels that we have designed and wanted the same for the extensive renovation to the home that he had recently purchased. He said he loved raw oak, dark oak, marble and brass and asked us to just go for it! What inspired the design of the project? The house is located on the shores of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata harbour, and sits amongst pohutakawa trees that tangle around the site. The house was quite a traditional brick bungalow, and the street is one of Auckland’s finest, positioned very close to the CBD. We sought to capture our client’s love of luxury hotels and urban glamour, with the raw desaturated colours and textures of the natural surroundings. We then looked to open up the planning of the rather boxed in original home, creating long sight lines across the living spaces. What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project? There were no hurdles with this project. A clear vision, a motivated and trusting client and passionate builder kept the project running smoothly from start to finish. What was your team’s highlight of the project? The entry screen with the view through to the dining room, is as good as the photography portrays. It was such an effective device to provide a point of welcome at the entry and a filtered view through to the family life within. Why did you enter this project into the SBID Awards? We recognise how lucky we are to live in New Zealand, and we would like to share the work that we do down here more broadly. We also work in an international market, with many offshore clients, and we want to show them that we are leading a broader community of international designers. Questions answered by David Sweatman, Associate Designer, Space Studio. View the project We hope you feel inspired by this week’s design! If you missed the last instalment of Project of the Week, featuring a dark and stylish apartment design by ID4U studio, click here to read it.