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The Pohutukawa House / Matthew Gribben Architecture

  • 01:00 - 26 December, 2010
The Pohutukawa House / Matthew Gribben Architecture
The Pohutukawa House / Matthew Gribben Architecture, © Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +24

From the architect. The Pohutukawa House stands at the coastal foreshore of a wild beach on a site almost overgrown with mature Pohutukawa trees.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

The positions of the existing trees and their twisted limbs have been closely mapped and the house has been designed to occupy the residual space that the trees have left (beside and under the trees). The striking geometry of the house has been developed in direct response to the available residual space, while maintaining a maximum height profile that approximates the top of the tree canopy.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

The interior volumes of the house take maximum advantage of the geometry to provide an intense relationship with the landscape, while framing projected views of the beach and the looming presence of Lion Rock. The capacity to project views throughout the ground floor living areas allows privacy for the inhabitants, without restriction on access to sun and or shelter from the trees, according to the season.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

The material palette reinforces the reading of the house as a monolith directly shaped by the presence of the trees. The house has been designed to weather in the harsh marine environment; clear sealed colour impregnated Eternit panels (Fibre Cement Sheet) and matte black powdercoated aluminium windows, sliding door frames and flashings give a low reflective appearance in natural materials, standing in contrast to the texture of the Pohutukawa trunks and foliage, and readily receiving their shadows. The offset cladding panel grid extends the idea of a fluid mass/volume.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

Interior materials reflect the informality of the beach house typology. The continuous dark stained timber floors are a practical acknowledgement of the irresistible presence of the west coast iron sand, with the same material used throughout for cabinetry. The organisation of the programme is a response to the multi-generational requirements of the clients, and has been developed to allow for comfortable habitation for groups from one to a few, or large numbers that belie the modest interior footprint of the house.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds
Cite: "The Pohutukawa House / Matthew Gribben Architecture" 26 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/98242/the-pohutukawa-house-matthew-gribben-architecture/>
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Jay Leathers · March 14, 2012

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Emrah Akman · December 28, 2010

The Pohutukawa House. http://bit.ly/ejYOzi

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Holcim Awards US · December 28, 2010

I admire the siting of the house as to not damage or remove any of the existing trees. http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards

Vincent Beneche · December 27, 2010

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up_today_arch · December 27, 2010

Very interesting floor drawings... Wooden moden also very nice... Unfortunately, not possible to feel these triangular forms seeing elevations...

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