Home design which located in a sea shore is completed designed by the Geoff Fletcher Architects. This new living space is designed in Kapiti, New Zealand. In this sea shore site, this new living space is covers area for about 70 square meters, it is including the house decks. This home was progressed in 2010.
Based on the client’s briefing, the architect is asked to create a discreet and a private low-rise small beach house, it is additional to the existing cottage on site which is maximized the great views, sun and the outdoor living with the entertainment of the guest as a priority.
The concept which comes to the architect is a glass and cedar which is enclosure revealing only a shuttered box to the coast, it is intended to take in views and the weather storms. Achieved using an inverse hip roof, the concealed and the very private entry has a welcoming residential feel; it is glazed entry porch and plies the bathroom box. To blend with the dunes, planting and flaxes, this living space is a carefully crafted intervention which is designed to silver off, it offers a sense of retreat no matter what the weather.
Home Design Solution
To achieve the clients order, the architect design solution is to remove and preserve the existing vegetation for reinstatement and it is nestle the living space in, it is achieved by removing the top of the dune thus allowing the sun to continue to reach the cottage behind.
With the west glazing which is protected by the sliding cedar shutters, the living space is sited as far west as possible on the “no-build line”, while the north glazing opens to unite the kitchen and dining with the outdoor entertainment area and the fireplace.
By creating a garden entry between the two with sheltered outdoor deck areas which is linked by the matching steps, the new house is designed to go with the old. There, the trees onsite are preserved. To maintain the client privacy feel from the street and to surprise the guest with the new beach house, the giving space entry is through the existing garage. It is a foil to the view that the interior is quiet and calm. To achieve a biscuit slim floor and the roof with no under beams for a floating technology appearance, the timber technology has been used. Double glu-lam beams cantilever to structure the entry and span over all the major openings.
Architects: Geoff Fletcher Architects
Location: Kapiti, New Zealand
Structural engineer: Dunning Thornton Ltd.
Builder: Haarlem Developments Ltd.
Project area: 70 sqm + decks
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Ashley Cox