An interplay of openness and enclosure, prospect and refuge.
While it is undeniably contemporary in form, this house also respectfully references traditional rural spaces and experiences.
Spaces that look out to the landscape – surveying its varied colours, textures and changes in light – are balanced with spaces of retreat – warm and protected from the natural environment.
NZIA National Architecture Award – Shortlisted
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Housing category
HOME Magazine Home of the Year Award – Finalist
Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Silver Award in the Residential Category
Located in the pastoral landscapes of Matakana, north of Auckland, this house operates in the manner of “prospect and refuge” described by Australian architect Glen Murcutt.
It is designed to reveal elements of the landscape – providing places to survey the seasonally varied colours, textures and changes in light; and it is designed for sanctuary – spaces to nestle into, warm and protected from the natural environment.
Undeniably contemporary in its built form, this house also respectfully references traditional rural spaces and experiences. It has a delicately composed interplay of openness and enclosure, arranged as discrete architectural and landscape elements around a courtyard.
This sense of balance is evidenced in every detail: from the compositional rhythm of exterior timber battens that provide additional depth to the façade; to the surface of the wall, which steps in and out, in turn providing spaces that open out into the landscape, where you can take the time to sit and reflect.