The challenge here was to put a large house elegantly onto a platform where view and sun are on opposing sides of the natural contour. It was important to strike a balance between simple vernacular forms the clients were looking for and a construct that would maximise view shafts while enjoying sun and shelter.
The main spine of the building has been snapped in two to follow the curve of the contour. This formed a dramatic entry space – a tension between the two very regular arms of the house breaking out to a dynamic entry courtyard with infinity pool merging with the sea beyond.
The slope was excavated enough to develop courtyards protected from the onshore winds, divided by the bunk wing into car court and private outdoor space. A simple glass box relates to the entry link and projects the occupants away from the solidity of the house proper to experience the gulf in all weathers.
Highly detailed cabinetry throughout this spacious complex results in a very relaxed form of luxury exemplifying the Hei Matau vision.