With contemporary ambitions and an appreciation for excellent design, our clients were excited by our vision of pushing the envelope to achieve a strikingly different home with a balance of apartment scale and small home configuration. We got straight to work designing a space-efficient home with a sophisticated twist Ã¢ÂÂ an urban response to a 325m2 site with a delicate mix of affordability and architectural prowess. The two-storey design features an exterior of visual simplicity; crisp, black elevation lines, accenting cedar walls and a beautiful copper-steel-clad box which confidently asserts itself to the street frontage (becoming an instant urban landmark). Embracing contemporary smarts and a design-enriched environment, we kept the interior simple, white and functional, contrasted against ebony black joinery and a feature cedar stair wall. Carefully considered angles throughout the house capture all day sun, while full height glazing invites the living area to expand out on to the cantilevered copper box deck where cinematically framed views of Mauao await.