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Boatsheds, Takapuna, Auckland
       
     
Boatsheds, Takapuna, Auckland

SGA with Rachael Rush in Association

On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the three-stepped gables of these black 'boatsheds' appropriately reference our boating and beach culture. The sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home, a bespoke incubator for the clients' lifestyle.

The corner site, challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour hard on the North-West boundary, stimulated an approach of layered complexity with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean.

Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder. A diverse succession of multi-connected spaces create a threaded flow of movement, whilst each maintains a distinct and sequestered quality.

The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue.

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award Winner - 2015 - Housing

Jury Citation: 'Inserted onto a small and very difficult corner site, this elegant, light-filled assemblage of three boat-shed like structures is a superb response to the lives of a busy boating and sporting family. Robust yet elegant, full of surprises, and making inspired use of wood, glass and steel, the house is beautifully built throughout. This is a superb, relaxed, confident family home with real personality, and it makes a vivid streetscape contribution to its neighbourhood.'

NZIA Local Award Winner - 2015 - Housing

Best Awards 2014 - Bronze - Residential Interior

Supreme Award and Auckland Region Registered Master Builders - 2014 - House of the Year

Auckland Region Registered Master Builders - Craftsmanship Award - 2014

Auckland Region Registered Master Builders - Heart of the Home Kitchen Award - 2014

Auckland Region Registered Master Builders - Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award - 2014

Trends International Design Awards - Best New Zealand Architect-Designed Kitchen - 2015

Photography by © Patrick Reynolds

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