Te Mata House New Zealand, NZ Residential Building, Hawkes Bay Home, Architect, Photographs

Te Mata House in Hawkes Bay

7 May 2020

Te Mata House

Design: Stevens Lawson Architects

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

The Te Mata House sits on a promontory amongst the foothills of Te Mata Peak overlooking Hawkes Bay.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay

Te Mata House Hawes Bay

The clients had run a sheep station at Parongahau for many years and were looking to establish a new home at Te Mata. They are also actively involved in the Hawkes Bay art scene, as collectors and administrators.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay

Our architectural response was to create a contemporary home that was infused with a sense of the region and the personal history of the family.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

The design comprises three elongated wool shed forms laid askew across the site and connected by wedge shaped gallery spaces creating forced perspective views into the landscape. A series of triangular skylights echo the rocky outcrops on the peak above, capturing the morning sunlight.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Te Mata House Hawes Bay

Two courtyards, a motor court and a central courtyard, are hollowed from the shed forms to create an interlocking sequence of indoor and outdoor spaces. Rough black stained timber boards are combined with natural timber joinery, polished concrete and rusting steel walls to create an earthy integrity.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay

The robust rural quality of the exterior gives way to an atmosphere of tranquillity and lightness on the interior. There is a particular focus on the framing of specific views into the landscape and the harnessing of natural light throughout the day.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

We were interested in creating an architecture which is both formally and spatially innovative yet deeply rooted in place and history. The house, although highly tuned to the landscape, also acts as a stage which dramatises daily life.

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Te Mata House Hawes Bay NZ

Photography © Mark Smith

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Stevens Lawson Architects

Location: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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