Neas Harris House
Moorhouse Avenue, Nelson
Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd is widely recognised as a leading New Zealand architectural practice with a strong focus on environmental design. They are three partners with an experienced team of architectural assistants offering skills and support.
This Neas Harris family home occupies a challenging hillside site with a very small buildable area. Constrained by neighbours on two sides and by a steep slope to the Maitai River, the site nevertheless captures panoramic views, enjoys all day sun, and is sheltered from prevailing winds.
A three-levelled approach places living and service spaces on a main central level. Master bedroom, study, and bathroom are located above, with rumpus and childrens bedrooms below. The entrance is the key space within a tight plan, a hub for circulation. Its floating stair, flooded with light from above and crafted in Tasmanian oak and steel, lends a sense of space and a level of craft and delight to this daily encounter.