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Timber Design Awards

Maniatutu Rd Residence

This rural farmhouse is situated on an elevated promontory overlooking the surrounding rural landscape with distant coastal views toward Motiti Island and Mount Maunganui.

This rural farmhouse is situated on an elevated promontory overlooking the surrounding rural landscape with distant coastal views toward Motiti Island and Mount Maunganui.

Geotechnical considerations such as slope stability governed the footprint of the building, while the form of the home responds to the need to provide shelter and refuge within an expansive landscape.

Weathered bandsawn cedar cladding and extensive planting soften the prominence of the house in the landscape and meet the owners’ desire for an unobtrusive house. Planting directly around the home is predominantly native, while a kiwifruit canopy is establishing as the base of the knoll.

On arrival at the property one is drawn through the orchard and reaches the sheltered eastern side of the house. Visitors are immediately engaged with the courtyard as they are drawn along the edge toward the front entry under a finely slatted timber screen.

The home is wrapped around this central courtyard which provides protection from prevailing winds, while framing views to the east, north and west.

Internally, the living spaces are arranged on one side of the courtyard, while bedrooms flank the western side. This offers visual connections between the spaces, while still achieving separation.

Victorian Ash flooring, Walnut cabinetry and Fijian Kauri jambs and architraves create a warm inviting environment.

Conventional timber construction has been used extensively in order to successfully meet the budgetary constraints of the project.