Te Pua



Located in the northwest of Auckland, this retreat sits in an existing natural basin with a rural outlook. The relatively narrow site falls steeply, levelling out to a gentle slope of southeasterly aspect surrounded by windswept native bush. Cradled within the basin and bush, this modest rural home has a simple parti of two offset volumes arranged around a central axis.

The metal monopitched roof above unites the stepped blocks, allowing for a heightened dynamic of volume and light in the living area, similarly replicated in the northwestern sleeping and bathing spaces.

A large wrap-around deck encourages multiple opportunities for outdoor living, with consideration of exposure or shelter from the sun and prevailing wind. The rustic band-sawn cladding will silver off over time; the simple palette destined to allude to a timeless rural architectural typology, at one with its surroundings.

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