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MY FAVOURITE ROOM Mark Gascoigne, Principal - Gascoigne and Associates (Retail Architects) Mark Gascoigne has worked on the design of over 1,000 stores in New Zealand and Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany. His background was in theatre and the music industry before he obtained his architectural degree in 1984. He lives with his wife Veronica, son Matt (17), daughter Portia (14) and a couple of cats in St Mary’s Bay. “We’ve lived in our current home for almost eight years, but in the Greater Ponsonby area for about 27 years. We started off in Freeman’s Bay, then moved to Westmere, followed by Herne Bay before the place we’re in now. My office is also in Ponsonby, so I feel quite familiar with the area by this stage! My favourite room is our living room which is open plan with the dining room and kitchen. It is used for a range of activities – it’s where I play the guitar, it’s where we read the paper on a Saturday morning, and it’s where we entertain guests. Also, my daughter does her homework in this room, often while I’m in the kitchen so I can talk to her from there. We also like listening to music or reading books in here. I like this room because it’s multipurpose and so great for entertaining. It’s great because it faces north and the big windows open up to a deck that give us lovely views across Westhaven. My favourite things in the living room are the couch, which I believe is from Holland and is nice and comfy, and the fireplace, which is wonderful in winter. I love the high ceiling and the big white marble bench where we often have drinks when entertaining. We have a great stereo in here so it’s perfect for listening to music, too.” PN

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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby