This house has been published in the book, ‘PURE LUXURY - The worlds best houses’.
The owners of this property had already been living in an old two storey house on this site and therefore had very particular requirements for certain spaces relative to views and orientations.
The slope of the site and the location of a large protected pohutukawa tree (which dominates the street South East boundary of the property), meant that basement garaging was the obvious solution.
The clients also wanted some separation from their teenage children, so the first floor became the master suite, including bedroom, walk in wardrobe, ensuite, lounge and his/hers studies. The children's bedrooms are on the ground floor level, with the main living areas, kitchen and outside decks around the pool.
Some of the ‘features’ of the exterior of this house are the louvres. Being horizontal aluminium elliptical blades toward the street side and softer cedar vertical timber fins on the north west elevation. These have been designed to both allow shading at particular times of day and year as well as creating privacy and interest to the facades.
A sand coloured block work base grounds the house, whilst the cedar clad top storey hovers above, offering both sheltered outdoor living below and a contrast of materiality. The colour palate is in keeping with its beach side location, just two houses back from Takapuna Beach.