Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture

  • 08 Mar 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Mark Smith

Architects: Hamish Monk Architecture
Location: , New Zealand
Contractor: McGillivray Builders
Sub Consultants: Assemble ltd
Structural Engineer: Blueprint Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer: Engineering Design Consultants
Area: 225 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Smith

© Mark Smith

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

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

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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