The services are in the recessive coloured cantilevers either side of the open living. They allow the house to sit lightly across the site minimising both the bulk and the footprint. The living area is a glazed L-shaped volume between decks front and rear, (and is vertically suspended between the deck and bedrooms hovering above). Dining table and benches wheel out to the front or rear decks, while all spaces can connect visually to the sea, emphasising the simple beach-style simplicity. The ambiguity between upper and lower floors blurs the boundaries of inside and out.
The bedrooms, in contrast, are withdrawn private spaces with connections to the sea and surrounding hills. The three angled, motorised shug windows give balcony-type views of the water.
Although elevated, the living room floor is concrete and an effective thermal mass. Double-glazing and extra insulation retain the warmth of the day. There is ample cross-ventilation and opportunities to migrate around the living area to suit wind shifts and all day sun or shade options.
This is also proving to be a very popular short-term rental.
Award 2013 NZIA Local Award for Architecture, Photography by Patrick Reynolds