With ANZ, Homes to Love is exploring the ways we live now, under the theme of ‘Flexible Spaces’ – and how this trend allows us to live and build today.
Not so long ago, the ideal home was one with clearly defined spaces, each divided up into individual rooms with a set function. Today, we increasingly place value on flexible spaces that can be adapted to meet our varying needs.
In city environments, rooms that have multiple functions can be beneficial extra space for the occupant. New Zealand artist Fiona Connor’s Los Angeles house demonstrates this clever use of space. Designed to function as a both work and living area, Fiona intentionally keeps her one room house as sparse as possible in order to maximise the flexibility of the space, even going so far as to tuck her bed away during the day. “I want my studio to function as a space where anything can happen,” she says.
Architect Jack McKinney and Tracy Lunjevich took on the same pared-back approach as Fiona when updating their villa in central Auckland. Thoughtfully renovated, their house is an example of how flexible spaces can be utilised to meet the ever-changing needs of a growing family.
When Jack and Tracy first purchased the property roughly ten years ago, it consisted of a rundown villa and a neglected garage down the back of the garden. A decade on, and the couple have two children and a house that has been carefully redesigned with a modern extension out the back and a multifunctional studio in place of the old garage.
Built on the garage’s original concrete base, the studio feels open and contemporary, with large windows and a twin-peak roofline drawing in sun from the north. Currently used as a guestroom, as the family grows it will offer them much sought after additional space. The relaxed, open-planned design of the studio’s interior space adds to its sense of flexibility; it could seamlessly transition into a workspace, living space or bedroom depending on the family’s requirements.