Owhanake Bay House Waiheke Island
The site is located on Waiheke Island, overlooking Owhanake Bay
and just below a significant ridge line.
For the semi-retired owners, single level accessibility was a
requirement that set design challenges on a site with a 15 degree
The house is a play on the idea of "living on the verandah" in a
sub-tropical climate. Banks of eastern flap windows on gas struts
open, leaving only "verandah posts" intact as occupants engage with
the landscape under the shelter and shade of the "verandah"
Three narrow pavilions "bend" to follow the natural contours,
allowing ease of movement through the landscape and minimal
excavation of the landform. As in the natural environment, folds in
landforms often contain watercourses; hence the two wedges of space
between the three pavilions become a gathering of water, points of
cleansing. These two linkages contain 2 bath-houses, one the main
ensuite and the other a plunge pool/spa.
NZIA LOCAL AWARD WINNER
"A sensitive building 'tucked' gracefully into its site,
this building gives the impression that it actually breathes.
Opening up with slices, nips and tucks to pull in light, sun and
views it is a delightful and adaptive home that is both comfortable
and captivating. One gets the sense that this building fits it s
owner like a glove." Jury Citation
NZIA LOCAL AWARD WINNER 2011 (sustainable
"From the outset of design the Architect has intimately
considered the environment, skillfully weaving a deeply
sustainable approach into the building's DNA." Jury