Heron House - Auckland, New Zealand
Combining Vulcan Cladding with thoughtful design, Pac Studio has created a unique small home - warm and full of fun.
The homeowner’s brief was for a small, fun, carefully crafted home. Additionally, it had to be materially interesting and cost effective.
For the home’s exterior, Architects Pac Studio chose Abodo Vulcan vertical timber cladding alongside Zincalume® alloy. Combining these elements gives the building the feeling like it has been there forever - a found object, or vernacular shed, weathered by a life well lived.
While the Vulcan timber cladding was chosen for its durability, stability and eco credentials (being sourced locally from FSC® certified forests), the Sioo:x Natural Wood Coating was chosen for its muted, weathered finish.
Sioo:x is a reactive coating, which weathers evenly to a beautiful silver grey after exposure to the elements. This process accelerates the timber’s natural weathering, but still keeps it protected for up to 10 years.
The interior features a clear-coated plywood with a punchy paint scheme. This is a small home that truly makes the most of what it’s got, offering a generous amount of room for a small footprint. Nestled away in nature as it is, it has an almost Kiwi bach feel - although it still features all the amenities you would expect in an innovative, modern home.
Additionally, this home was one of the fastest projects Pac Studio had worked on, with the client already having a builder lined up. However, it still received the design care and attention it deserved; a large team worked on this small home, allowing it to be built fast with no loss in quality.
“Every builder who has done a project with us using Abodo products raves about how easy and reliable it is to use,” said Sarosh Mulla. “We also knew from previous projects how straight the timber was, which means that it’s fast on site.”