Local Rock House in Waiheke Island by Pattersons architects has been created for an expatriated family. Its site on a steep East facing coastal escarpment just above pohutukawa fringed white sand beach and is accessed by a beachfront lane below. Its composition seeks to create a ‘sense of place in New Zealand’.
A rock mass forms a bridge to exploit both the sea frontage and limited Westerly light. Under this, the living area nestles into the escapement contrasting an intimate living terrace to the North-East with a grotto -like western courtyard. Bedroom areas a grouped above as finely scaled louvered lookouts at the canopy level of the pohutukawas.
The building uses material to become intimately scaled to ’belong’ in its setting. this strategy is empathetic in that it intends to facilitate the homes occupants to feel the same way.
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