Light & Clay — NZIA Local Award 2021 / Auckland / Winner — HOME Magazine / Home of the Year 2021 / Finalist — 2021 BEST Awards / Aotearoa / Finalist Westmere A steeply sloping site below the road facing north. The intention was to design a modest family home that maximised the sun and…
An escape from a city apartment, the client was looking for a looser, more open space to spread out in a home well connected to the sun. A collector of sculpture and paintings, a sculptural home was the intent, providing an interesting and dynamic getaway, largely for a couple, but with the ability to expand, catering for gatherings of the extended family. The house was to be made of materials appropriate to the marine environment, requiring minimal maintenance, with a simplicity and robustness.
Situated at the Northern tip of the Omaha Peninsula this house sits boldly on a flat site within its semi-suburban context and looks out towards an estuary to the west. A habitable sculpture with a dynamic roof, a chevron delineating interior circulation, stairs, and a future roof terrace accessed with a high-level ‘pop out’ exit. Deliberately, there is no garaging- cars are ok in the elements! The interior spills out onto the lawn, with positioning to accommodate a ‘tent city’ on the section