Project: Herne Bay Road
Architect: Daniel Marshall Architects, marshall-architect.co.nz
Designers: Daniel Marshall, Mike Hartley, Cameron Pollock, David Edwards
Location: Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Photographer: Simon Devitt
Key Materials: Concrete, Zinc, Travertine
Design Media / Software: Hand drawings, physical modeling, Graphisoft ArchiCAD
The House in Herne Bay is on a north facing slope, looking out over Herne Bay towards the Waitemata harbour. The site is zoned Residential 2 which recognises the significant heritage and character of the area.
This contemporary concrete construct is sculpturally formed over three levels: garaging is excavated below; the upper level sits recessively beneath a hipped roof; the mid level is boldly expressed by the horizontal composition of weatherboard impressed concrete fins. These fins abstract the traditional street verandah whilst aiding control of privacy and light into the spaces within.
The home is arranged about a central northern positioned exterior core which orientates the house towards the sun, provides outdoor living, a view of the Waitemata beyond and creates a vertical link between all levels of the dwelling. Whilst the living spaces are open to the exterior core, bespoke cabinetry and fireplaces creates a variety of interior spaces. Living spaces are both grandeur yet intimate, much like the street facing rooms of the traditional Villa.