Originally this project was to be a renovation of an existing beach 1950's house. Sadly the existing ground floor structure was found to be beyond repair so removal and replacement was the only way forward. However, we sought to retain the simple gable form and elements of the original while providing a more substantial, modern family home.
The site fronts Waiau Bay on the Whangaparaoa peninsula. While the beach is relatively sheltered it is exposed to the prevailing westerly so the design solution needed to balance the desire to connect to the beachfront yet provide protection when required.
Significant research and reporting was also undertaken to ensure coastal erosion issues were well considered and informed the setback and raised floor levels.
Extending along the northern boundary the courtyard plan ticked all the boxes. Morning sun into living spaces. A warm, sheltered outer living space, yet opening and connecting well to the beach on both levels to the west. A partially covered outdoor space completes the beach connection with drop down blind protection and an outdoor fire to extend usability.
Keeping true to the original gable form the mass of the building is reduced by narrowing the upper form and extend on the lower level with low pitched roofs. These help to frame the form and allows for the insertion of louvre screens to filter the neighbours.
While fundamentally a timber building, cast concrete panels at entry, internal stair and outdoor fire ground the structure to the site providing a sense of permanence internally and externally. Durable material selections - Accoya cladding and aluminium roofing ensure the building envelope will take everything the elements throw at it.