Connected Simplicity – Pompallier House by Matter Architects

As a preservation of its past together with a proposal that activates its present, Pompallier Residence balances old and new with a shared charm and character. Matter Architects infuses a light-inspired approach that draws a more meaningful connection between the built and the natural.


Nestled into the tightly woven community of Ponsonby, in the North Island of New Zealand, Pompallier Residence sees a series of interventions open an existing villa-style home to create a more contemporary occupation and prepare for the future chapters to unfurl. By stripping back the overall confused form to its original base, removing ill-fitting additions accrued over multiple years without any connection beyond the built walls, the new home and its expanded footprint can be seen with more clarity. While the original villa is representative of its origins and characteristic of the area, retaining this as part of the new works was key to continuing and strengthening the story of the home. Matter Architects used these initial formal cues to expand an approach of openness resulting in a revised home that represents the present.