A long in-situ concrete wall provides the main sheltering axis. The public and private realms focus on the ocean or bay views respectively. The dining box cantilevers out to engage directly with the cliff; one can perch and see over the edge of the nest straight down to the waves breaking over the rocks, a school of kingfish or even stingray frequently spotted in the clear blue green pools.
The kitchen is a dynamic space which projects out to the adjacent bay and the morning courtyard. Guests can sit around the kitchen island whilst still engaging with the view. The courtyard is tightly contained by a drywall of Waiheke rock and a gnarly pohutakawa. It is shared by the main bedroom suite with the shower opening directly onto it for easy access from the garden or sea.
The main living space is a heady volume perfect for entertaining which can spill out onto the verandah. In contrast, the media/office/extra sleeping room, is a cosy withdrawn space perfect for relaxing.
The materiality and form reflect the nested interior as the long concrete wall branches across the site under the draped canopy of the folded copper roof.
Awards 2015 NZIA Local Award for Architecture, Housing Photography by Sam Hartnett. By Wendy Shacklock (and Paul Clarke in association).