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Timber Design Awards

Kokohuia Lodge

Omapere in the Hokianga provided a unique opportunity in it’s rugged and remote rural landscape for re-imagining a lodge retreat in miniature.

Nestled within a canopy of Kanuka, Manuka & Cabbage trees, the building is intimate in scale and carefully sited for maximum privacy balancing the seduction of the views with the need for seclusion, security and comfort.

Inspired by a fallen leaf resting on the hillside, the roof geometry of exposed macrocarpa rafters, beams and sarking is modified for an organic effect. Splayed rafters and walls follow primary radiating setout lines based on a response to maximise the panoramic views and ease the building away from the rectilinear norm.

One journeys down through a glade on the steep slope via a switchback track and is greeted by western red cedar clad walls. Stepping inside Kokohuia wraps its wings around one at arrival, extending an invitation to become immersed within a space that whispers to the essence of New Zealand’s unique context.

The building is primarily timber construction throughout. All timber is sourced from sustainably managed forests, much of which was grown and milled locally in Northland. Internal timbers are predominantly Macrocarpa finished with Natural House ‘Eco-Oil’. The flooring is clear finished Eucalypt. The property is managed on organic principles and proudly operates ‘off grid’ with solar electricity & water heating and has attained NZ Tourism’s Qualmark ‘Enviro-Gold’ status.