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Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture

  • Architects: Hamish Monk Architecture
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Contractor: McGillivray Builders
  • Sub-consultants: Assemble ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Blueprint Consulting Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Engineering Design Consultants
  • Area: 225.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mark Smith

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© Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

From the architect. The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in the Orakei creek gully. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold (in size and placement) intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic. The desire was to seek out a quiet architectural expression, one that is devoid of excessive articulation and noise; a silent witness to its surroundings.

© Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

Conceived as sculptural components the design plays on purity and scale of the program articulated through three simple elemental forms that step down the site towards the creek - the roof of one floor creating a level platform for the next.

© Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

From the point of entry the house offers a range of spatial experiences across the width of the floorplate; transitioning from a hunkered almost subterranean position in the landscape to an elevated position perched in the tree canopy. 

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