This photograph appears in Simon Devitt’s acclaimed photo book Portrait of a House exploring the Athfield House – the ‘village on the hill’ – an architectural experiment that Ian Athfield started in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington.
“Life has happened there like in no other house, and the ‘living’ leaves its evidence, the time has played out on its surface. There is a lot to be said about sitting still and how that looks. The Athfield house is a wonderful example of this. An accessible counterpoint to a largely asset-based living that pervades New Zealand.” – Simon Devitt