Dramatic Ascent, Mt Eden

A dramatic lightwell in a Mt Eden house has shown the potential for eye-catching results when commercial window systems are applied to a residential project. 

Auckland architect Jonathan Hawksworth visualised a glowing two-storey box linking upstairs and downstairs at his family’s new home. The rest of the house used the METRO Series from the FIRST® Windows & Doors range but the engineering demands of the stairwell, which stands outside the building envelope, required a bespoke solution. 

Jonathan, a partner at Black Box Architects, drew on his commercial work to design a steel frame for the lightwell. Then a three-sided window system from the FIRST® Seismic 40mm suite was constructed and tied to the steel frame using brackets fixed to the 40mm transoms. The window profiles were in silver frost anodised finish. The steel beams were aligned with corner posts to minimise visual obtrusion.