Redcliffs House by MAP Architects

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The Redcliffs House, this stunning residence floats on a steeply sloping site in the Port Hills above Redcliffs Christchurch, New Zealand and was completed in 2010.
MAP Architects made the open aspect that is largely glass with aluminium cladding and garapa timber deck flooring.
The main entrance is marked by a lavastone clad blade wall and this axis leads through the wide gallery space into the kitchen, living, dining area and the view beyond.
There are services at a secondary entrance giving level access through a side door to a small laundry and this sets up the second axis flowing from the laundry, into the wide gallery, past the living area a spare bedroom, bathroom and through to the master bedroom.
The gallery provides space for the clients collection of original art and here can be integrated into the bridgehead the main garage, which may be adapted into an art studio for the client. The pool aligns to the view and appears to float above the city.
Slot windows penetrate the Corten skin allowing view shafts to the west and east, south facing clerestory windows to allow great natural light to the gallery and that’s why is proving a sheltered, sunny and comfortable home.

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Photos by Lisa Gane

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