Herne Bay Villa AlterationContemporary Kitchen, Auckland
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Perforated acoustic panels are not only limited to ceilings. See the feature wall above the kitchen in this striking Herne Bay villa in Auckland, New Zealand? It’s actually an acoustic panel that Gerrad Hall Architects cleverly used to provide sound insulation. Acoustic panels work by absorbing sound waves via porous perforations. Some even have a soft material backing, such as gauze or scrim, which further soaks up noise. Tip: Panels come in sheet form, so they can be cut to size and are available in different materials, including plaster and plywood.
Herne Bay VillaOn the face of it, a concrete addition isn’t the most logical response to a 19th-century wooden building, yet architect Gerrad Hall’s beautifully restrained extension manages to both honour the original as well as creating something special and new. The extension was a response to the clients’ desire to connect with their flat back garden – something the old villa, sitting at street level, never managed to do.
But the addition is far from a contemporary intrusion. “They had a tone that they wanted the house to have,” he says, “and it seemed to me to be asking for some sense of permanence.” This is no lightweight glass pavilion: there is a lot of wall – especially on the second storey to guard against that western sun – and a solidity from the poured concrete, though it has a beautiful relationship with the lawn. The owners wanted a casual, liveable house – but they also wanted something special, says Hall. “In the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘well, if you do something clashy someone else is going to come along in 15 or 20 years and fix it up’,” he says. “If you can make it fit in then it might last a little longer.”