A weekend retreat completed designed by the architect Mitchell and Stout Architects. This living space which called the Waiheke Island House is designed in Cable Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand. A project which constructed in 2007 is covers an area for about 2010 square meters. This holiday and weekend living space design is precisely located on a rural island near the Auckland. The owners of this living space are an American professional couple who moved to Auckland from Pittsburgh ‘brownstone’. The architect client has two young adult children and they wanted a space for the visitors to stay for a few days. The architect client’s ordered the architect for a living space which is “big on ideas rather than budget” and one which would encourage a different pattern of the living from their life in town.
By the architect, the main space such as the kitchen-dining-living space is like a camp-site under an awning and this is an informal glazed pavilion between two cedar-clad blocks-which contain the private rooms. While the boxes are veiled and enigmatic, the pavilion shows all of this. The pavilion is opens on both sides, it is to give a choice between a sheltered eastern court up the slope, and a grassy hill falling to the western seaward side-from which the prevailing wind often blows, it is because A great deal of New Zealand life is spent outdoors.
Which is looks into a private landscape, the main bedroom adjoins the living spaces in one of the cedar boxes. The less-frequented sleeping spaces are placed above it, and it is reached by a private stair from the exterior verandah. The upper floor is divided into diminutive cells and here, latticed shutters give the shade from the western sun, security to the sleeping perches, a pixilated view and shelter from the storm in driving south-westerly weather. It is contradictions abound, the guest rooms are private, but it is separates only by the light screens, perilous-with the glass to near the bed level, but it is made safe by the out-sloping shutters. Each is as risky and cozy as a bird’s nest. In one of the client’s words, the music room is a “place to think”. It is also used as a place to play live and recorded music, and to read. From here, only a thin slice of the spectacular views is revealed and only to a seated person which is looking up from the simple desk or up from the keyboard of the grand piano. The light comes edgewise across the walls and the ceiling and it is spills from above down a curved wall which also serves to diffuse sound. By the architect, this living space is designed as a calm retreat.