The building is broke into two primary components in order to reduce the scale and to allow the bach to follow the contour of the land. A single cut in the knoll, retained with a gabion wall, sets up a spine around which the components can be ordered. The functions are separated by a full level to allow a panoramic view from the living level and to step the house down towards the beach.
The living pavilion is articulated as a series of four spaces in a pinwheel arrangement; a kitchen, a lounge and two covered decks. The kitchen aspects towards both the north and south deck depending on the prevailing wind conditions by manipulating a series of doors and shutters. A stair drops to the lower level and penetrates the gabion wall, a covered outside walkway running along the gabion wall connects to the bedroom spaces. The stair continues on axis with a powerful rock formation at the base of the slope to make the connection to the beach.
Castle Rock Beach House, Castle Rock, Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
Program: summer house
Architects: Herbst Architects
Contractor: Lindesay Construction