This compact dwelling follows the line of the hillside, bravely and unconventionally sloping down towards the view. The stepped plan stretches the view of the mountains long and low, just like a rock outcrop would.
Vaughn McQuarrie is a New Zealand Registered Architect. His Award Winning practice is based on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
Following graduation from the Auckland School of Architecture Vaughn spent ten years Living in the UK - London and Edinburgh. During this time he travelled extensively and worked on a number of high profile projects, including Headquarter buildings for Guinness, Royal Bank of Scotland, MTV Europe and Fidelity Investments. The restoration of and extension to the Grade 1 listed St Pancras Chambers and the award winning Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Tower of London.
Vaughn McQuarrie Ltd was established in 2009, focusing on residential and small scale commercial projects. The practice aims to create specifically detailed buildings that are intimately connected to their context and function.
The concept for the Waiheke house was to create a central grand space, surrounded by smaller spaces, somewhat like a church in the center of a small village. The “church“ which resembles a traditional boatshed shape, consists of a singular open space created by parallel precast concrete walls …