A concrete expert builds a fitting palace for his family.
In a land fascinated with timber homes, Ross Bannan is a bit of a rebel with a cause. The concrete expert (or concreteologist, as he likes to call himself) has, throughout the years, collaborated in some spectacular homes using the material.
Now, he has built himself and his family a fitting palace. The Point Chevalier home – designed by Ponting Fitzgerald and which became a subject of the current season of Grand Designs New Zealand – was entirely constructed from in-situ concrete, which lends it a raspy texture and patterning.
Bannan, who fell in love with the material during an internship in Europe, says: “It is all about the durability. I wanted the house to look as good 10 years later as it did when we first built it… it had to be low maintenance and bulletproof!”
Although Bannan highlights the practicalities, the home also boasts poignant moments of aesthetic whim, including its usage of Atlantic stone (the polished slab used in the kitchen island is a highlight), stained cedar to warm up the interiors and dramatic lightwells.
“To me,” says Bannan, “this is land art rather than just a home.”