This compact, economical house in the Far North of New Zealand responds to site conditions carefully while maximising the stunning views and opportunities for outdoor living. The architecture aims for humility and elegance, drawing on the simple, robust materials and forms of its rural setting while referencing the rhythm of a colonnade or loggia to re-imagine the verandah.
This small Wellington apartment was beginning to show its age when MAAD was approached to redesign the kitchen and bathroom. Smart planning and a restricted material palette were key to making this compact space cohesive and functional. The kitchen was conceived as a cluster of related cabinets slotted between the existing superstructure and using rich and warm materials to offset the concrete and steel shell. Small, targeted design interventions through the rest of the apartment create a refined yet warm space while retaining the buildings industrial bones as part of the architecture.
After moving on from their boat shed studio, this client wanted to explore other ways of achieving waterside office space in Auckland. This concept looked at utilising a proprietary modular barge system to create a base for a floating studio to be moored at a marina, and potentially motored around the harbour for office outings. MAAD designed a modular frame and panel system to work with the barge and allow for future expansion if necessary. Cassettes of fixed louvres over polycarbonate walls filter the sometimes harsh marine light while the opening ends provide ventilation and easy water access.
Philippine School House
In 2016 MAAD collaborated with a leading Auckland based industrial design studio to generate a concept for a school building in the Philippines. Designed to utilise a combination of traditional building techniques such as thatching and modern, economical materials like polycarbonate, the building worked both as a single structure and as part of a modular system that created sheltered courts. Close consideration of local environmental factors and vernacular construction techniques drove many of the design decisions, resulting in a strong and simple form with a play of heavy and light.
Compact, efficient, and economical, Waiheke House was conceptualised as a ‘bush apartment’. The positioning of the building on the steep bush clad site was intended to give a treehouse feel, with the extensive glazing placing you in the treetops and facilitating maximum winter sunlight penetration into the house.
Quarters is a MAAD designed pre-fabricated 10m² sleep-out/studio with self-contained energy generation and storage, meaning you can run the lights, charge your laptop, listen to music, and make coffee without having to connect to the mains power. A panellised, flat-pack system means Quarters is simple and fast to build - all you need is the space!
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Resource: Rise Again
In 2016 MAAD, in collaboration with Clark Bardsley Design (CBD), was awarded one of five commissions from Rekindle to research commercial waste material in New Zealand and to provide design solutions for this waste before it reaches landfill. We selected MDF waste as a ubiquitous and yet problematic material in terms of re-use. Tour work was a finalist in the 2017 Best Design Awards and a selection of these will be displayed at Object Space in Auckland during March 2018.
Vanilla Dollhouse was designed and constructed for a client asking for a 'midcentury modern minimalist nordic' style dollhouse for her daughter.
Taking inspiration from the Eames Case Study House #8, and making sure all measurements are divisible by 6, resulted in a perfect home for small friends. It even comes with a tiny futon bed, and built-in kitchen bench.