A unique elevated new beach house positioned on dramatic Northland coast.
The client’s requirement was to build a beach house that maximises the location and views and to future proof these views from potential neighbouring development. They required a maintenance reduced home made of natural materials that would weather and age well.
The design solution was to place the building comfortably on the contours of the site with the home orientated to the North East to maximise the view and solar gain. The residence is located just below the crest of a hill where the land contours drop steeply towards the East and the ocean & more gently to the south and rural pasture views.
The home is designed for all seasons with 3 main external courtyards that allow sheltered and controlled natural outdoor living. Every room has a view of the ocean yet window placement ensures privacy from potential neighbouring development.
The personal and community spaces of the home are separated by either horizontal courtyards or vertical floors over 3 levels. Essential infrastructure is hidden under decks and away from public view to allow uninterrupted building forms. The entry leads into a gallery space and then into the community court and living areas. The east coast horizon draws you through the house and out onto the north eastern deck. The whole North Eastern wall of the house works as a portal to this view.
The main palette of materials is glass, stained cedar weatherboards, copper flashings with long run colour steel & membrane roofing. The interior is completed in a minimalist fashion with a paint finish in natural colours and Tasmanian Oak flooring.