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    Architecture HDT are proud to have been engaged as Architects and lead consulants for the Dargaville Pool facility by Kaipara District Council in association with the Kauri Coast Community Pool Trust.

    H20 XTREAM

    Upper Hutt’s H2O Xtream aquatic leisure pool was the first in the region to feature a wave pool and full aquatic leisure facilities setting it apart from the traditional city council pool complex.


    The planning of this 1930’s bungalow was typical of many bungalows, where spaces within the house followed a prescribed formula rather than taking full advantage of the site. A poorly considered sunroom had been added to the rear of the bungalow in the 1960’s. The sunroom and internal arrangement constrained easy access to the sunny north facing rear section.

    The design removes the sunroom, and adds a new modern ‘bungalow’ form to the rear of the original 1930’s form. The original bungalow was renovated to add back in original detailing and mouldings. Original weatherboards are retained to signal the extent of the original bungalow form. The private bedroom and bathroom spaces are confined to the original bungalow, and a wide corridor connects the front door with the new living and kitchen areas, and out to the sunny north courtyard.

    Detailing of the new bungalow is deliberately modern, and in contrast with the more traditional detailing of the original form.


    Completed in mid 2003, the house is situated on an exposed site in the Mount Marua development. The house was conceived as a number of 'pavillions' organised around two sheltered courtyards, and has commanding views over the Te Marua Golf Course and Kaitoke reservoir.


    The form of the building is arranged around a central entrance hall that has a roof that appears to float above the supporting walls. Living spaces off either side of the hall have generous glazed doors that open up onto patios taking advantage of the views.

    This carefully considered design has resulted in a stunning architectural home. 


    Originally from Ireland, Michael graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2015, after which he moved to London and worked for the award winning Chris Dyson Architects. While there, he gained experience in leading a range of residential, heritage and commercial projects. Having worked with many historic settings in London, this experience has instilled in Michael a keen interest into how, as architects, we can create projects that are faithful to the spirit of their context but are bold in their reworking of spaces.


    After gaining chartership as a UK registered architect, Michael moved to New Zealand in June 2019.