Forest House by Chris Tate located in Auckland suburb of Titirangi, New Zealand | The Hardt
Forest House by Chris Tate located in Auckland suburb of Titirangi in New Zealand. Architect Chris Tate’s Forest House is a modular glass structure perched in the branches of the densely forested hills of the Auckland suburb of Titirangi in New Zealand. This is a residence that Tate uses himself as a weekend getaway retreat which has very little site impact. The glass home is tucked away in a deep ravine, which stands out with its flat black roof punctuated by four glass skylights with a slender set of wooden stairs snaking down next to it. The staircase leads to a small outcrop of decking in front of the home’s entryway. From the entrance, the house can be seen for what it is, a glass box perched amidst the bush with nothing around it except for massive trees.
The concept of the design was to focus more on the environment than on the house. This is particularly emphasized by the striking puriri tree that angles out from the bank and curves around the side of the house. The house has been designed around the curve of the trunk, using it as a main focal point. Nothing has been disturbed in this environment, there are no concrete foundations or retaining walls, and it feels more like a camping retreat, where Tate has deliberately not installed a TV, dishwasher or microwave. The steep site was a challenge for the builders, yet no excavating was necessary on the sight, not even leveling. All the trees were enclosed in scaffolding to protect them and then 16 poles were entrenched into the earth, with the house constructed upon them. The home was designed with a minimalist approach, with no hidden storage spaces in the living area, but the study, bedroom, and bathroom provide the perfect amount of comfortable living for two. The bedroom area is at the opposite end of the house up against the bank. Along with this wall is a floor to ceiling curtain that conceals open shelving and wardrobes. Tate’s home is dominated by a black and white color palette and many elements inside the home have a botanical theme, such as the upholstery.
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Seascape Retreat by Pattersons situated in secluded Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand | The Hardt
Seascape Retreat by Pattersons situated in secluded Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand. The 1,184 ft² (110 m²) cottage was designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests and consists of three rooms; a lobby, a living/sleeping room and a bathroom. Constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and earth turfed roof. It is self-sustainable with respect to on-site water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The project incorporated extensive reforestation and re-vegetation subproject.
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Located in Tuatua Ln, Omaha, New Zealand, Tuatua House (2016) by Julian Guthrie | The Hardt
Located in Tuatua Ln, Omaha, New Zealand, Tuatua House (2016) by Julian Guthrie. The 4,563 ft² (424 m²) home’s, double height entry gallery, is on axis to a sand dune beyond, so that the view is revealed as you progress to the living area. Stacking sliders from the gallery open the spaces into the garden, providing a visual connection between the spaces. The Tuatua house is located in a coastal subdivision. The brief required a generous family holiday home suitable for frequent guests and informal entertaining, with space to garage a boat and sports equipment. The site is north facing toward the view, but visible from the public walkway, and has adjacent homes on the two side boundaries. The area is subject to strong winds, both northerly from the coast and from the south-west. The plan locates the main living area at the seaward north end of the site and wraps around a west facing lawn and pool courtyard, enclosed by the children’s wing at the southern end.
The owner’s bedroom and two guest bedrooms are set on an upper level, creating private retreats from the level below. The double height entry gallery is on axis to a sand dune beyond, so that the view is revealed as you progress to the living area. Stacking sliders from the gallery open the spaces into the garden, providing a visual connection between the spaces. The design addresses issues around privacy from the coastal walkway and adjacent homes and creating flexible means of shelter from sun and wind. Exterior blinds, a slatted brise-soleil, and a fabric canopy adapt the house to the conditions. The design using a mix of textured materials selected to withstand the harsh environment. Bagged masonry and rustic cedar surfaces continue between inside and outside and wrap up and over the forms blurring the distinction between floor, walls and ceiling planes. The blank entry façade and grassed entry courtyard suggest an alternative to the neighboring suburban typology.