Castle Rock House: Beach Houses with a Fabulous Openness

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Castle Rock house is designed by Herbst Architects and won the NZIA – Auckland Architecture Award 2015. The house is located on the coast of New Zealand, near Auckland.

The architect’s description: 2015 NZIA Jury Citation: “Yet another in a series of exemplary beach houses by this practice, this project has a directness and simplicity that engages its occupants with both the essential and the existential nature of the beach house. Beautifully considered and expertly crafted, this is a demanding house – showers are not fully weather-sealed, surfaces are intended to suffer the natural consequences of ageing, and materials are blunt and uncompromising: the architects know that meeting some challenges is a wholly beneficial exercise. Yet within this almost rustic language is a captivating level of delight – the warm breezes passing through the spaces, the sand on the floor: all the qualities which distinguish a holiday house from a suburban home create a distinctive sense of place. The house commands its site without either pretence or posturing and invites occupation in all seasons.”

Photographer Patrick Reynolds
Contractor Lindesay Construction

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