The brief called for a beach house which takes advantage of the spectacular natural environment surrounding the site and is able to be used year round. Our response was to lift all of the living functions of the Kawakawa house onto an upper level to give views of the ocean from the living room and to lift the bedrooms up and closer to the light and the canopy of the trees.
Lance & Nicola Herbst met whilst studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. After graduating they worked partly together and partly independently on projects in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 1998 and established Herbst Architects in 2000.
One of the couples first projects was their own bach, on Great Barrier Island, for which the received the New Zealand Institute of Architects Award in 2002. The Island is now home to eight of their houses - all off the grid - each designed to have minimal impact on the environment.
For most of the past 15 years, Nicola and Lance have been been asking themselves this: what’s the best way to live in and feel connected to the New Zealand landscape and climate?
The brief was for a primary residence for a couple without children with provision for occasionally used guest accommodation for friends visiting from overseas. The site as presented was a steep slope with magnificent sea and coastal views to the east into which a building platform had already been cut, with its associated timber pile retaining wall.
Bethells Bach was recently completed by Herbst Architects on the west coast of New Zealand. A two-bedroom bach set back from the beach overlooking a hillside at Te Henga. Description by Herbst Architects: 30km North-West of Auckland City, Bethells is a coastal community located on one of Auckland’s popular west coast beaches. Bethells community is […]
Bramasole House was completed in 2016 by New Zealand studio Herbst Architects. The house is located in Waimauku, Auckland, New Zealand. Description by Herbst Architects: The site’s previous existence was a market garden with shelterbelts forming large outdoor rooms. Our client then planted part of the site with vineyards and fenced off paddocks for horses. He […]
K Valley House is a vacation home completed in 2016 by Auckland-based Herbst Architects. Description by architect: The clients are a couple, a director and director of photography in the film industry, their jobs involve them filming on location for stretches of time. This house is the space to which they retreat between filming. The […]
Herbst Architects has designed two pavilions as a extension of a house located in rural Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand. Description by Herbst Architects: Twin client-commissioned pavilions were added to the site of an existing home that resides in hilltop splendour in rural Clevedon. The style is dramatic, bold, rugged yet refined, with no compromises in […]