Hill Jones Ancillary Studio, Ponsonby, Auckland


Martin Hill & Phillipa Jones

Faced with the cost of extending and restoring an old, the clients sought Common Ground advice on alternative design options.

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The development of a new, compact, independent studio on a small Bungalow in a busy inner city Auckland suburban site.   The two level dwelling and gardens created a tranquil, independent workspace for the self-employed artist/designer couple, and independent guest accommodation when required.

The Common Ground design team developed a tight but extremely efficient buildings with traditional forms akin to the area, but with modern detailing – achieving a high quality outcome within the prescribed budgetary constraints.

  • Full Architectural Design and Documentation
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Consent Planning
  • Tender Documentation and Contract
  • Construction Supervision

Project Value:

$NZ 240,000 (2004)   = $2M today

Value of Services Provided:

$NZ 36,000

Added Value:

  • Compact site / tight constraints
  • Low budget / high quality outcome
  • Integration of landscape and art with architecture
  • 105m2  Self-contained artist studio / guest house
  • Compact footplate 55m2
  • High quality details and finishes
  • Tranquil landscape concept
  • Practical Completion and Code of Compliance 2004
  • On-time / on-budget