Timber Design Awards
On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the threestepped gables of these black ‘boatsheds’ appropriately reference our boating and beach culture.
On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the threestepped gables of these black ‘boatsheds’ appropriately reference our boating and beach culture. The challenged corner site stimulated an approach of layering timber with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean.
Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled craft of the builder. In many different ways this project imitated traditional boat building with each layer/element expressing the different characteristics of the timber used. Just as the keel, ribs and strakes within a timber boat are chosen for their structural qualities so was the Lawsons Cypress laminated floor beams and the Poplar structural plywood floor. Eucalyptus Pilularis planked overlay flooring mirrors the Birch plywood planked ceilings, which all respect the nautical tradition. Birch plywood walls, Alaskan Yellow Cedar door and window joinery and balustrades and Vitex bathhouse
decking all chosen to reflect the distinct warm hues of the interior. The Western Red Cedar vertical shiplap cladding and Kwila exterior decking were chosen on their merits for durability within the coastal environment and their darker character to contrast and celebrate the interior.
The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with timber walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue through the stimulating use of timber.