Waimarama House, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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Waimarama House, North Island, NZ – design by HMA

19 Mar 2010

Waimarama House

Hawkes Bay, south of Hastings

Architects: HERRIOT + MELHUISH: ARCHITECTURE LTD

Location: 112a Harper Road, Waimarama, Hawkes Bay (north of Napier)

Waimarama House
photograph : Simon Devitt

Project Description

Located close to the beach and fronting the Waimarama domain, the site for this family home was constrained both in size and by the need to relocate the house if required. Set against these constraints is a spectacularly open landscape – the edge between sea and hills, and a relaxed aesthetic of a small beach community.

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photos : Richard Brimer

The design approach was a combination of a very rational composition tempered by a romantic attachment to the site and dramatic location. Hence the simple form of two interlocking volumes: a white bedroom wing, loosely derived from the repeating plan of verandahed ‘shearers quarters’, inserted into a double height weathered ‘timber ‘crate’.
The volumes are then extended, opened and folded in response to site, views, sun and programme. The resultant north-facing courtyard not only leads to the front door but also provides outdoor family space – connected to the house and sheltered from the afternoon sea breezes. Visual connection through the house and to the landscape was a key driver of the design. In the main bedroom upstairs, capturing the full drama of the sunrise and the expansive views from Cape Kidnappers to Bare Island were significant.

Harper Road house

The composition of oiled cedar weatherboards, painted plywood and weathered zinc sheet, in part connects the house to the landscape and local tradition, but equally sets it apart from most of its neighbors. This is a house strongly connected to the land, but prepared, if the sands and tides shift against it, to move.

New Zealand Architecture Awards 2008/9
Category: Residential Architecture – Houses

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