Church BayWaiheke Island hill side dwelling

Church Bay

Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand 2005

The concept for this Waiheke island home was to present an innovative fusion of Pacific Rim and modernist architecture. The influence of Japanese architecture can be seen in the selection of materials, the detailing, and the arrangement of space and form around a series of courtyards set along a long curving landscape wall. The modern steel structure of the house allowed for the corners of the main living spaces to be completely glazed. This provided uninterrupted views across the vineyards to the harbour beyond, as well as permitting the large cantilever of the bedroom over the vehicle forecourt to capture views and morning sun.

A restrained natural palate reinforces the fusion of Asian and European influences. Of particular interest is the detailing of the cantilevered master bedroom ensuite wall which edges the stepped entry to the house. Glass tiles allow light to be cast to the exterior, evoking a Japanese lantern. The flashing below is formed from lead sheet, utilising a traditional European technique translated to a modern context. The dark stained cedar refers to the Californian modern tradition. The stone is travertine, sourced from Italy.

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  • Daniel Marshall
  • Patrick Reynolds
  • International Property Awards – Best Architecture, Residential (Single Unit)
  • NZIA – Auckland Branch Award
  • Architecture New Zealand – March/April, pg. 33
  • Metro Home & Entertaining – April/May, pg. 86-92
  • Progressive Building – Feb/March, pg. 39