Collective Composition: A Historic Villa Renovation in Auckland by Katie Lockhart and Jack McKinney Architects
We have long admired the work of New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart, whose distinctive style crosses the boundaries between mid-century and contemporary while drawing inspiration from European, New Zealand and southern design. is Asian. Lockhart recently completed the renovation of a traditional New Zealand villa in Ponsonby, Auckland, in collaboration with Jack McKinney Architects for clients both working in creative fields which were inspired by a recent trip to Sri Lanka and the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Working with a relatively small site bounded by houses on all sides, McKinney was limited by the heritage rules surrounding the original dwelling, a timber construction with a metal hipped roof typical of early New Zealand houses. Unable to change the exterior or roofline of the original house, McKinney suggested architectural expansion and renovation to only the non-original parts of the house. McKinney and Lockhart agreed on an identity for the architecture and interiors with integrity for both the old villa at the front and the new spaces facing the garden at the rear. “The result is a far cry from a typical Auckland villa modification, but feels natural and calm, not shrill and forced,” McKinney says.
Lockhart set out to showcase the sculptural nature of the space and support this vision, incorporating an interior garden, a palette inspired by Italian terracotta tiles and trowel-polished stained plaster walls, and rare designer items. from vintage dealers and his own travels.
Here is a walk in space.
Photograph by David Straight, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.