Massive Concrete Home on a Cliff Above Hobson Bay

Massive Concrete Home

Architecture: Julian Guthrie, Godward Guthrie Architects
Project: Hobson Bay House
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Photography: Patrick Reynolds

The requirement was for a large new family concrete home maximising connection to the exterior spaces and views over Auckland harbour.

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To create connection to the terraces, pool and gardens, the living areas were all placed one level below street entry level. Entrance is a sequence of reveals and descents into the home.

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The house was inspired by the harbour edge war bunkers in Auckland, dug in to the cliff while open to the sea.

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In situ and precast concrete was used to create a monastic simplicity, with textural contrast between structures rising from the ground against walls sitting above.

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The building is a built contradiction in terms, at once seemingly impenetrable and massive, and yet dissolving into the expansive horizon.

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Concrete is cast on timber providing grain and patina. Natural stone, raw brass, timber and steel provide material balance.

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