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Get an inside look at the cover story from the latest issue of HOME

Article by Home Magazine

Simon Farrell-Green, editor of HOME, discusses the feature home from the latest magazine designed by architect academic Ross Jenner 


Get an inside look at the cover story from the latest issue of HOME

On the cover of the latest issue is the remarkable courtyard home of academic and architect Ross Jenner. Ross and his wife Chris built the home in 1985 on a tiny, rear site in Remuera next to Ross’s parents. Together, the two houses form a thoughtful, highly rationalised compound that still seems relevant today.

At first blush it doesn’t seem at all like a New Zealand house – it has white plaster, courtyards and high walls. It’s highly rationalised and deeply modernist with a European sensibility that still seems to fit Auckland beautifully.

The courtyards offer shelter from rain, wind and neighbours on the northern side. They give the houses a sense of composure and elegance and they show that this house still has much to offer us in 2017.

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