Boatsheds Takapuna, Auckland
SGA with Rachael rush
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
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