Rakau House is on a rear “L-shaped” site. There is northwesterly access at the intersection of the arms. An extremely large pear tree with historic references dominates the north of the site.
The brief was for a family home in inner Auckland that provided an easy lifestyle for 3 growing children, entertaining, and weekend relaxing.
The constraints of the site presented challenges, which have, in turn, produced an interesting and lively house full of surprises. The response was to develop the house very directionally with strong blank walls at right angles to each other. This device, coupled with an elevated ‘ground’ floor, allows privacy from the driveway and entry, anddevelops strong contrasting personalities within the house. Sun and filtered light are strong features.A solid wall to the north was a brave move that has proven extremely successful with its diffuse light sources.