Tutukaka House / Herbst Architects

Tutukaka House / Herbst Architects

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Tutukaka, New Zealand
  • Architects: Herbst Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Jackie Meiring
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, -, BBS, BBS Timbers, Chemseal Finish, Organoil, Trimble Navigation
  • Lead Architects:Lance and Nicola Herbst
  • Project Architect:Andre Fourie
  • Text By:Claire McCall. Urbis Issue 108
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Text description provided by the architects. Focusing on the view, which stretches from the sloping section on a ridgeline across to the Poor Knights Islands, was a priority for Lance and Nicky Herbst of Herbst Architects. The spiral staircase that leads from the parking deck to the main body of the home acts as a telephoto lens. “It’s trained perfectly onto a pool of blue water that swishes into a rocky outcrop from the sea,” says Nicky.

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Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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Lance calls this journey to the view a “classic sequence”. It begins with a carport that has an agrarian feel (where the owners’ beloved campervan has its berth), continues between two block walls that solidly channel the arrival, and on down along rain-screened walkways and across a glass-walled bridge that links to the heart of the home, set on a perpendicular plane.

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The Herbsts see this room (with kitchen, dining, and living) as a viewing platform. And, of course, their customary blurring of boundaries is here – all huge sliding windows that open one half to the elements and structural ledges, which become casual seats that float above the land.

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© Jackie Meiring
South Elevation
South Elevation
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© Jackie Meiring

“We like to feather the zone between inside and out,” says Nicky, “so we’ve included a battened eyebrow with stays to support it as cover overhead, which emphasizes this architectural transition.” She likens the steel struts to branches of a pohutukawa. “It’s the notion of looking through trees,” adds Lance. “By putting something man-made in the foreground of a huge natural panorama, you actually enhance the view – it relates back to the building.”

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Cite: "Tutukaka House / Herbst Architects" 26 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/925465/tutukaka-house-herbst-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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