This design by Patterson Architects creates the New Zealand residence for an expatriate family. Its site on a steep East facing coastal escarpment just above a pohutukawa fringed white sand beach and is accessed by a beachfront lane below. Its composition seeks to create a â€˜sense of place in New Zealandâ€™.
A rock mass forms a bridge to exploit both the sea frontage and limited Westerly light. Under this, the living area nestles into the escarpment contrasting an intimate living terrace to the North-East with a grotto-like western courtyard. Bedroom areas are grouped above as finely scaled louvred lookouts at the canopy level of the pohutukawas.
The building uses materiality to become intimately scaled to â€˜belongâ€™ in its setting. This strategy is empathetic in that it intends to facilitate the home’s occupants to feel the same way.
The unique modern stone fireplaceitself is a work of art. Stone can be quite rustic and raw, but the open design of the fireplace makes it really modern at the same time. The flames sit a top a semi-glossy looking white slab while whimsically dancing around those metal rings. The stone backdrop ties everything together for a cozy, contemporary look. We love how each element of this fireplace design has its own defining characteristics but when put together in this way, they have a symbiotic relationship.