Photographer - Simon Wilson
Shortlisted for Home of the Year 2018, the simple skewed form of this house has an appropriate scale and presence within the wider landscape. On arrival visitors are led up a path alongside tall cedar screens before stepping up onto a deck and informally entering. Capturing this sense of informality was a key design driver in creating a small family home that felt like a retreat. The kitchen is the hub of the home with the deck slicing through the plan. The living space steps down into a light filled volume reaching out to the river. A mezzanine pulls over above with an exposed bookcase balustrade providing a sense of homeliness. The rear of the house, delineated by the seamless pivot door, provides a place to retreat.
"A small house for a young couple on a rear site running down to the Waikato River. The main living areas step down to the river, while bedrooms are tucked away. A careful language of screens and exposed structure creates a simple yet elegant retreat."
- Home Magazine
"This delightful response to a narrow site has been orientated to capture the best of the sun and views of the Waikato River. It is a wonderful example of how contemporary architecture can be integrated into the landscape. From the private and somewhat mysterious approach – the result of a clever façade application – the house presents a clearly defined entrance that dissolves into a minimalist interior where the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home."
- NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Jury
Capturing a sense of informality was a key design driver in creating a small family home that felt like a retreat. The Bach typology of blurring of spaces and breaking down of thresholds corresponds with the expressed natural materials and tectonic detailing.