Waiatarua house is shortlisted for the Home Magazine Home of the Year 2013.
The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in the Orakei creek gully.
The three bedroom house was designed for a couple with the major design challenge to insert a bold intervention - in terms of size and placement - into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic.
The desire was to seek out a quiet architectural expression, one that is devoid of excessive articulation and noise; a silent witness to its surroundings.
From the point of entry the house offers a range of spatial experiences across the width of the floorplate; transitioning from a hunkered almost subterranean position in the landscape to an elevated position perched in the tree canopy.
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