AWARDS: NZIA Local Award design winner, 2006
Exposed to the fury of the elements high above Okitu Beach, this house deliberately ties itself to the land with protective tent-fly eaves and metal tie-downs. The site had many challenges – south-facing, strong winds from all directions and a reduced building platform because of unstable hills.
The bedroom wing forms a sheltered, north-facing courtyard while maintaining key views through large sliding doors.
The tent fly concept accentuates the ever-changing, superb views to Young Nicks Head and Mahia Peninsula and gives an intimacy and sense of security and protection.
Interior decor includes blonded raked plywood ceilings and timber planked flooring.
This hilltop home embraces its site with humility and intimately frames its setting. Its seemingly simple exterior is cleverly designed and robustly detailed to withstand the sometimes severe East Coast climate, while maintaining a visual focus towards the dramatic landscape where the sea meets the land. Internally this home is detailed and finished with refinement and consistency – and planned with care to deliver the best of views and lifestyle to the owners.