Modernism in Remuera

Built in the 1940’s, this Remuera home recently underwent an impressive renovation that transformed this unassuming bungalow into a modernist masterpiece. Paul Somerford and Alyssa Helleur of BDG Architects had the job of translating Californian mid century living into this narrow site overlooking the Orakei basin.


A gallery corridor connects the original house with a pavilion at the back an open-plan space with the kitchen, dining and living area. The layout cleverly creates an internal courtyard with a sun-soaked pool, pictured here with a pair of Landscape Via loungers from Kettal.


The master bedroom has the feel of a luxury hotel, with a Senzafine Poliform walk-in wardrobe that spans seven meters and a large bathroom that’s connected by steel-framed glazing.

Just beyond the entrance, a living room spans the divide between the original bungalow and the addition. The space acts partly as a gallery, with the owner’s impressive art collection which sit alongside the original mid century fireplace. Poliform’s Sydney corner sofa complements perfectly with its sleek, profile and iconic form.


The pavilion has a more industrial aesthetic, with concrete floors and large glazed sliders that open up onto a small garden perched high up above the water. A mature pohutukawa frames the view, providing some privacy and dappled shade.

The elm cabinetry in the Poliform kitchen works seamlessly with matt black island that ties in with the strong materiality of the pavilion.