Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects

Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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Text description provided by the architects. This resolutely internal house, sited on a steep and marginal site, successfully fulfils its purpose as an urban retreat. Providing compact but comfortable accommodation for four people, the small dwelling is a timely exercise in sufficiency and the optimisation of resources and opportunity.

Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
© Simon Devitt
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Designed as an efficient thermal cocoon, the house also serves as a tree house, connected through its clever positioning and carefully framed views, with the wider view and more immediate surrounds, especially the kōwhai tree for which it is named.

Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Interior Photography, Beam, Bedroom
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Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Countertop, Sink, Chair
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Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Interior Photography, Door, Chair, Beam
© Simon Devitt

The house, which was designed for the architect’s own family, is an intriguing exercise in self-experimentation – a little box of inbuilt happiness.” 

Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Simon Devitt

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Cite: "Kowhai House / Rafe Maclean Architects" 01 Dec 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/972833/kowhai-house-rafe-maclean-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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