Melanie is a project architect at Robin O'Donnell Architects Limited, where she has worked since graduating in 2003, with honours from Unitec School of Architecture.
Melanie is passionate about high quality residential design. She enjoys working closely with her clients to create innovative, well considered spaces that suit their lifestyle. Melanie particularly enjoys taking a project from concept design to completion of the built work. As a project architect, she has been involved in a wide range of high end residential work, including complex house renovations, historically listed houses and new construction.
Melanie is currently on the NZIA Contracts Committee and has also been a member of the NZIA Auckland Branch Committee.
She is a contributor and co-illustrator for the book "Andrea Palladio: Villa Cornaro in Piombino Dese", which saw her spend time in Italy preparing measured drawings of the building featured in the publication.
This house is located on a narrow cliff-top site in Auckland with sea views to the east. The house is designed to maximize exposure to the view while also providing a north side courtyard to maximize exposure to the sun and protection from the coastal environment. Entry to the house is through the enclosed courtyard which forms the core of the arrangement, and onto which nearly all ground floor spaces open.
With a floor area of approximately 330m2, this house is zoned into formal and informal living areas, separate adult and childrens sleeping accommodation, a basement recreation and guest area and a home office suite.
Various light scoops and two storey spaces have been created to ensure both spatial interest and maximum exposure to the light on what is a comparatively tight urban site.
Photography: Fraser Newman