John Street, Ponsonby

John Street, Ponsonby

Build completed: 2012

Working closely with the owners and their architect we turned this 300m2 house into a space that melds the old with the new.

Because the villa is a heritage site, ensuring its original essence remained after the renovation was crucial. This means there is no sight of the exciting changes inside, when viewed from the street.

The front lawn was raised for better use of the porch, and the interior décor has a vintage quality that combines the antique with the modern seamlessly. Along with the brass fittings and tiling the house has an almost steampunk character to it.

The front of the house sports three bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite and in the back a large living-kitchen-dining area. Vintage bricks that were once part of Victoria Park Market’s chimney make up the kitchen wall, and glass sliders open to the backyard which boasts a pocket lawn and a small pool.

Time was of the essence for this project; the owners were expecting their first child and it was important they had time to settle in before the new arrival. We put everything we had into it and completed the project in just four months. This house is featured in issue 76 of Urbis Magazine.

Architecture: Studio John Irving Architects