los panorama

los panorama
project details
  • Type Residential
  • Location sumner, christchurch
  • year 2022
  • Team Phil Redmond, Madeleine Clarke
  • contractor pmd builders
  • published cape to bluff - A survey of residential architecture from Aotearoa New Zealand - By Simon Devitt, Luke Scott and Andrea Stevens
  • home magazine - issue 502 - October - November 2022
  • photographer simon devitt
The site, perched at the top of Panorama Road, was previously the clients’ grandparents’ home and remained their home until being severely damaged in the Canterbury Earthquakes. The clients secured the section off their family and decided to build their young family’s home to continue the sites family history.

Calling for a three bedroom home the briefs key focus was a LA Modern reminiscent hill house with views of Sumner Bay to the East and Christchurch City to the Northwest.

With these views out of reach at ground level and the site without a natural plinth or hilltop it was decided to construct our own.

The ground floor has mass, grounded to the section, it feels as though it is extending out from the natural contours of the site. This is articulated by a long sweeping threshold wall dividing the city and Sumner sides of the site. The wall itself serves as a functional element to shelter the northern side of the section from the prevailing cold easterly winds experienced on the hills around Sumner. This has resulted in the creation of a microclimate for family life.
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