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Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture

  • 01:00 - 8 March, 2013
Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture
Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture, © Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Contractor

    McGillivray Builders
  • Sub-consultants

    Assemble ltd
  • Structural Engineer

    Blueprint Consulting Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Engineering Design Consultants
  • Area

    225.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Mark Smith
© Mark Smith

Text description provided by the architects. 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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Cite: "Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture" 08 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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