Langs Beach

The site sits high above the beautiful Pohutakawa fringed Langs Beach in Northland. Sloping towards the north with stunning views across to Whangarei Heads and the Bream Bay Islands, connection to the that view and environment was 'mission critical'. With close neighbouring houses to the east and west visual privacy was also paramount, maintaining a focus to the north. The home needed to respond to the demands of an elevated coastal environment, both with regard to durability and enabling multiple outdoor living options.

The brief was to create a dream permanent residence that still had a beach house feel. With children and grandchildren coming to stay often additional accommodation options were required with a sense of space but connection provided in the planning.

Inspiration was taken from the Island Vista. The layered silhouette of island and headland landform is mirrored in the form of the architecture, with an irregular handling of roof pitches and an extruded form along the northern axis.

The courtyard layout creates visual and spatial connection all the way along this axis. It also provides the 'separation yet connection' between the main north wing and family accommodation south wing. It allows for sheltered outdoor living regardless of wind direction and provides a light filled inward focus so that neighbouring structures to the east and west can be visually screened. The physical separation of forms on the upper level achieves vistas of visual connection from the rear bedrooms.

To find out more contact Trevor on 027 224 4120 or email him at