Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

Project: Breamtail House
Architects: Studio2 Architects
Location: Mangawhai, New Zealand
Photo Credits: Studio2 Architects

The clients presented a brief which envisaged “blades through and with the land”. Working with the land and not against it became a key principle for the project and for the architect, this informed a building with clean lines which inserted itself into the land and merged with the landscape.

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

The form was guided by simple principles and specific site constraints. The clients sought spaces which were positive and negative, light and dark and brought drama, delight, joy and experience. The building was thus conceived as a rendered block base beneath a semi-glass box under a slim flat roof.

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

From initially arriving down the driveway through to traversing into the main living spaces, the journey is crafted through the play of dark and light spaces, change in materiality and precisely oriented views of the coast to the east and encompassing valley.

The open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area opens rights up to the outdoor entertaining area.

The Breamtail House has been designed to have outlooks on both on the east and the west. The ground floor contains a master bedroom with an ensuite, a double garage, home offices, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. The upper floor contains the main living spaces which open out to an eastern and western outdoor terrace. The western outdoor terrace features a pool, barbeque and dining area. The outdoor-indoor-outdoor arrangement gives the occupants the flexibility of use throughout the day, as well as usability in various weather conditions.

Breamtail House by Studio2 ArchitectsThe palette of materials is minimalistic in and out; the exterior of the Breamtail House is clad in dark stained cedar and black anodized aluminium joinery, and the interior features a polished concrete slab, natural oak walls and ceilings, and black steel.

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

The dining area is fully glazed with views over the surrounding landscape.

The cosy lounge area with a hillside backdrop.

The gallery space under the timber staircase.

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

The master bedroom in a soft bluey grey with furniture the owners brought back from South-east Asia.

The bathroom on the lower level has a view of bush and sea

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

Breamtail House by Studio2 Architects

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