Sandy Bay Road House / Fearon Hay Architects


Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Tutukaka Coast,
Constructed Area: 250 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds



The topography of the Tututkaka coast is defined by steeply rolling pastoral landscape looking east over the Pacific Ocean to the Poor Knights Archipelago. This holiday residence is set below a high ridge in a cattle farm. The building twists to follow the contour with the living space elevated on a concrete plinth to provide a glazed screen to the sheltered courtyard behind.

Cite: "Sandy Bay Road House / Fearon Hay Architects" 04 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Oliver

    wow … what an absolute fantastic view! like it …

  • diem thuyen

    mmmm, grey skies and smooth black counter tops *sighs*

    • javier

      mmmm. Diem you are very nice

      • teefortwo

        mmmm. diem and Sandy Bay Road House… both adorable.

  • Jason

    This is a beautiful project. Although it does admittedly get lots of help from that killer site. Still.. I want this house…

    One stupid little thing.. probably nothing, but that corridor between the entry and kitchen/dining/living looks exceptionally narrow in plan.

  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    Terrific little pavilion, spectacular and sensitive siting, and two tin tubes sticking out of the roof. What exactly is up with those? In the first picture, where there aren’t scale defining elements, this ends up looking like the shed for a pool heater. Details count.

    Terry Glenn Phipps

  • Jay

    Im homesick now!

  • lee

    showing the scenery or the house

  • Richie

    It’s beautiful, but I’m not sure if I’m reacting more to the building or the scenery and photography.

  • The Big Black & White Zebra

    Spectacular location, and boy does the house take advantage of it. Elegant simplicity and even more so inside.

    I like the two flues sticking into the grey skies… It locates what goes on below.
    Great photographs, the grey skies are very dramatic, and I never thought I would find a grey sky atractive…

  • pepech

    scenery is fantastic! anyway, the building itself looks like nothing special, just keeping the right scale and colour. for me the living part is not high enough, and i’m starting to be annoyed by the eeames furniture everywhere.

  • Jason

    Further, the house does look beautiful and appropriate in those weather conditions, but I wonder what it looks like in other conditions. I’d also like some pictures of the rest of the house, there are lots looking OVER the house and THROUGH the glass box of the public spaces, but I find myself wanting to see more of the courtyard, even the bathrooms, bedrooms, that interesting entry way and stair coming down, and the approach to the house.

  • Eduardo A.

    The house is great, but the pictures are amazing!

  • bob

    it would be hard to get this wrong!

  • sam

    more images

  • Chris

    I am reacting to the scenery, but I think that is the point of the design.

  • Jade Doel

    The two chimney flues reflect the local flora, the Flax stems in particular, which breaks the horizontally of the building in a unique and iconic way. I think it’s a very clever design in may ways.
    The ‘Hay’ in Fearon Hay used to come to my cafe that I used to waitter at in Auckland, called Andiamo. I used to give him my undivided attention, he must have thought I was weird, lol, but I really admire their work. I think a lot of NZ architecture is under rated. I suggest you guys look up Andrew Pattersons architecture also

  • magda

    Looks great Guys! Cheers to all FHA team :)

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  • Andrew Geber

    oh id love to live here

    btw theres something wrong with gallery

  • oqd

    there is a problem with the site plan link, it takes me to the site plan of Z-house / Hohyun Park + Hyunjoo Kim