Takapuna Beach House – Boatsheds by Strachan Group Architects

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Takapuna Beach House – Boatsheds was designed by Strachan Group Architects in association with Rachael Rush. Located in Takapuna, Auckland, this house is NZIA Auckland Award Winner – 2015 – Housing.

Description by SGA: On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the three-stepped gables of these black ‘boat sheds’ appropriately reference our boating and beach culture. The sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home, a bespoke incubator for the clients’ lifestyle.

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The corner site, challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour hard on the North-West boundary, stimulated an approach of layered complexity with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean.

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Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder. A diverse succession of multi-connected spaces create a threaded flow of movement, whilst each maintains a distinct and sequestered quality.

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The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue. Photography by Patrick Reynolds. Visit Strachan Group Architects

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