Project: Sisters Sanctuary Retreat
Architecture: Edwards White Architects
Builder: Mackay Construction
Engineering: Structural Services
Landscape Design: Calla Landscapes
Joinery: Cordon Joinery
Location: Raglan, New Zealand
Photo credits: Simon Wilson Photography
Set on the tranquil Rangitahi Peninsula, the Sisters Sanctuary Retreat instils a sense of calm, beauty, and solidarity throughout. To the East are breathtaking views of the Raglan harbour while to the West is the developing urban landscape of Rangitahi. The home is a considered response to the social dynamic of the developing street to the west and the expansive inlet views to the east. Two interlocking forms are expressed from the street, compositionally light horizontal timber cladding and screening against the more grounded masonry.
A protective cloak of cedar draws one between the two forms into the modestly scaled interior. Rich walnut tones, paired with a selection of travertine, venetian plastered render and soft sandy greys, work in harmony together and form an inviting space to witness the ebb and flow of the tide and observe the changing light throughout the day. Although modest in size the variation of textures and colour transport you to a natural coastal landscape.