2012 NZIA Jury Citation: “From the road, this beach house, in its opened-up summer configuration, reads as an encampment; up close, it is experienced as a beautifully sited verandah. The house is a beguiling essay in the relationship between structure and setting, order and nature, requirements and responsibilities. There is nothing extempore about the building, which is designed and executed with perfectionist exactitude, but it is also a highly successful exercise in sympathetic placement: the pohutukawa among which the house politely nestles are constantly and closely present. An iconic beach has been graced with an exquisite house.”
Awards Herbst Architects
- NZIA – Auckland Architecture Award 2011
- “HOME” magazine home of the year winner 2012
- NZIA New Zealand Architecture award 2012
- NZIA medal finalist 2012
- “NZ Wood” Timber design awards winner : residential architecture excellence 2012
- WAN (World architecture News) house of the year 2012 finalist 2013
“The Pohutukawa is New Zealand’s national tree, it is known as the NZ Christmas tree as it flowers bright red is summer. Pohutukawas are protected under local authority regulations. The site with which we were presented was extremely challenging in that it was 90% covered in mature pohutukawa trees, the site being a part of a continuous belt of forest that edges the road along the beach front.
The circumstances not so much allowed, but dictated a sensitive poetic response to a building that, in order to exist would require the destruction of a large number of mature trees.
To do this we looked to the trees themselves to give us the cues that we needed.”