Arch Daily - April 2018
The design of this home was a direct response to its site, being south facing and on a steep bluff overlooking Hobson Bay, a city fringe suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. “It had great views back to the city, and my client asked to be able to stand in her kitchen and see the Sky Tower,” says architect, Paul Leuschke. The issue was there was no building platform. “It was a delicate exercise in making the most of a not-so-favorable site facing the wrong way [for the sun] and on a cliff, plus achieving a degree of separation from its neighbors.” says the architect.
Commercial Design Trends Magazine - February 2018
As more demands are put on the land in our city fringe suburbs, sections that were once home to single dwellings are being re-developed for multiple residences and apartments that call for imaginative designs that respect the existing neighbours, yet satisfy the needs for greater housing density.
Presented with a tight, height-restricted infill site, Leuschke Kahn Architects came up with a creative solution for both their developer client and the future homeowners.
NZIA Waikato Bay of Plenty Architecture Award 2017
JUDGES' CITATION: Approached as if squeezing between a group of tents, this elegant assembly of three lean-to roofs unfolds around a sun-filled courtyard. Communal areas support inside and outside space, facilitating large gatherings around the kitchen ‘campfire’. Carefully selected views connect the occupants to immediate, close and distant hillsides from a variety of spaces. The hierarchy of building forms makes sense of the building cluster and allows sunlight to penetrate the social spaces.
TIDA NZ Architect-Designed Renovation of the Year 2017
Grey Lynn Villa
JUDGES COMMENTS: This major renovation has breathed new life into a rundown, transitional villa. The triangular site has been used to best advantage, with an impressive street frontage and indoor-outdoor flow from the entire main living level of the house. Inside, the house now includes four bedrooms and bathrooms, three living areas, kitchen, scullery and double garage.
What most impressed the judges was the level of detailing and bespoke craftsmanship seen throughout the home. The result is a beautifully crafted family home that combines all that's needed for a modern lifestyle, with the charm and character features of a classic villa.
TIDA NZ Architect-Designed Bathroom Winner 2017
Grey Lynn Villa
The client's brief for this large villa renovation was to give the main bathroom the WOW factor!
With a generous sized room, high stud villa ceiling, a luxurious hotel feeling has been achieved by using double monsoon showers behind a full height glass wall, a large soaking bath and natural stone vanity basins backed by a full wall mirror.
Traditional villa moldings, natural looking stone tiles to floor and walls, and slick modern lineal tap ware, achieve a traditional modern look.
Stuff.co.nz - June 2016
Grey Lynn Loft Apartments
Apartment design has undergone a huge metamorphosis in recent times. Gone are the wall-to-wall carpets, "developer cream" walls and predictable layouts of the high-end apartments typically found in the leafy suburbs, such as Remuera and Parnell.
Today, agents are saying it's boutique city fringe apartments with an urban industrial edginess that are proving the biggest drawcard to apartment buyers, who are not afraid to move into more "gritty" areas.
Trends Magazine - July 2014
Epsom New Home
It's rare to find a perfect building site in a sought-after, established neighbourhood in the city. But when you do, it can be a real treasure, which consequently requires a fitting design response.
This new family home, designed by architect Paul Leuschke, takes its cue from the older character homes in the street, but adds a modern twist...
Registered Master Builders - House of the Year 2010
Contemporary Farmhouse - Kumeu
This charming 205sqm home fully expresses the character of its busy young residents and connects them with the surrounding farmland from every point within it.
"The builder obviously took great care and thought in executing the complex features of this home. The innovative flashings around exposed rafters and the use of exposed bolted trusses inside are features not usually seen in homes within this category." Judges' Comments