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Mid century style in Hamilton

Hamilton is known for a lot of things, but architecture isn’t one of them, as far as I know. Although to be fair, Hamilton and I have never been more than vague acquaintances.

So I was surprised but delighted to see HOME magazine has featured a gem of a mid century home in the heart of the city, overlooking Lake Rotoroa.

Lomus house Hamilton. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

I love the thought that has gone into the design of this house (courtesy of the owners, and the architect – Peter Middleton), and the spaces that were created to accommodate various family members and activities harmoniously.

Photographs by Paul McCredie.

There is even some adults-only territory, otherwise known as a parlour. But my favourite would have to be the library. And the fireplace. I love a handsome open fireplace.

Photographs by Paul McCredie.

The big reason I got excited though, was this:

Lomus house Hamilton - Peter Middleton

A floor plan!! Weirdo me, but show me a floor plan and I’ll be happy as Larry for hours after! This one is truly a good one, and after some perusal I can’t see anything I’d be in a hurry to change. There is outdoor access from almost every room, guest accommodation at the opposite end of the house to the kids rooms, a study nook (AND the library, don’t forget!) as well as a studio and store room. Wow!

They did make good houses back then. In Hamilton.

Happy hump day x

All photos by Paul McCredie. for HOME magazine.

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Small spaces: A bridge house

If ever you have a difficult building site, or just an extra special landscape you don’t want to mar… the bridge house could be your thing.

Besides “touching the earth lightly” this one by Max Pritchard Architects is packed with eco features such as a black concrete floor for thermal mass, huge north facing and double-glazed windows, steel louvres for summer shade and solar water heating.

Gorgeous innit?!

PS. Anyone know that ol’ railway bridge on the left just at the southern edge of Ohakune village? The property it is on was for sale a while back and I reeeeeeeally wanted to buy it and create a house on the bridge. Big old arches and all. How fun would that have been? And it looked straight up to Mt Ruapehu. Amazing… but not to be.

Small spaces: Appearing to disappear

Oooh I spotted this yesterday and knew it was perfect for today’s Small Spaces post! Even though it may not be justified by its footprint, this one is sneaking in because its clever use of materials makes it seem smaller than it really is. Designed by Bernd Zimmermann Architekten you can find this home in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The classic shape is designed to fit with both neighbouring houses and local bylaws, but that is where the similarities finish.

With a highly mirrored stainless cladding the house appears to disappear, its shape simply providing a frame to reflect the surroundings. Pretty awesome right?

The interior, which seems something of an illusion from the outdoors, feels very solid with its unbroken expanses of white and unexpected openings create interesting shapes and views both within and to the exterior.

I do wonder how it would feel walking up to the front door on a bright sunny day though…

Maybe there is a box of sunglasses to choose from at the foot of the steps?

I’m thinking this could be an amazing feature on the south (non-sunny) side of my dream container house! What do you think husband? Huh?

Small spaces: Cube hotels

Hotel Endémico

To continue with the cube theme from last week, I’ve been ogling some amazing hotels in cubular form from all corners of the world – city and outback and everything in between. If you’re into luxury travel Tablet Magazine is a must see. Actually, if you’re into dreaming of luxury travel it is a must see.

Casa de La Flora

On a dull winters day here in Auckland these places look really quite divine.

Hotel Viura

Oh wowee wowee.

Aire de Bardenas

Now I better go sit on my hands so I don’t make a booking “by accident”.