Foothills House Pokeno
Set on the slopes south of the Bombay Hills, this is a large
country house for a family of 5 with strong family ties to the
local farming community.
The low-slung forms follow the natural land contour, anchoring
into the slope just below the crest to deflect and protect against
the strong south-westerly wind, and providing sheltered courtyards
and verandahs to the north.
The two elongated shed-like pavilions define the Living Areas
from the Bedrooms with an internal garden courtyard linking the
Durable materials used in their "raw" state blend with the
natural landscape. The base of the building is of natural stack
bonded concrete block with a steel structured lightweight roof
umbrella suspended over highly glazed walls.
NZIA Resene Local Award Winner 2007 Jury Citation
"Stunning wide-screen views over the North Waikato basin
belay the skill and expertise used in designing a sophisticated
"rural shed" for a family. Sensitively set back into the side of a
large hill, this home is carefully crafted, feels open and warm and
protected, yet is very contemporary. The use of materials that
express the nature of the material and casual yet cosy design
allows sheltered family use that takes advantage of all the aspects
of the exposed site and turns it into an exciting set of living