Absolutely Creatively Ambassador Wellington: IAN ATHFIELD - Architect

Described as a shambling mess sprawling down the Khandallah hillside, architect Ian Athfield is quick to point out his house is even worse. Actually it's a house cum studio office cum community.  The Wellington City Council has granted it a unique "organic heritage" status so it's officially allowed to continue its sprawl, to the delight of Ath, art lovers and of course his neighbours. The house is a work in process - Ath himself has said he likes to doodle, with concrete blocks and plaster.  He's breaking with tradition - or rather, finding it again, paying respect to our roots and questioning the role of suburbia.