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Malcolm Walker

One of a row of iconic council houses dating back to the 1920s, this Grey Lynn three-bedroom home has been lovingly reconfigured and expanded in collaboration with renowned architect Malcolm Walker. The aim of the owners was to renovate the property, carefully honouring its heritage while applying a thoroughly modern twist.

Circulation and the nature of various spaces were thoroughly revisited to erase the previous less-than-careful approach to planning and lack of light. It was important to keep the historical nature of the original house, while highlighting the spectacular views of Western Springs and the Waitākere Ranges. The petite scale of the home meant that a functional layout was critical to ensuring it was both a liveable and enjoyable space for its owners. Colour palette was also key when it came to opening up the previously low-lit space and revealing its considerable new – and old – charms, and the completed renovation boasts an interior finished in a confident palette of pinks, whites and earthy tones, with a touch of midnight blue.

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