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New Zealand-based practice Strachan Group Architects has designed the Owhanake Bay House. The house is located on Waiheke Island, overlooking Owhanake Bay and just below a significant ridge line. The design of the house is based on the idea of “living on the verandah” in a sub-tropical climate. Built for a semi-retired couple, single level accessibility was a requirement that set design challenges on a site with a 15 degree cross slope.
According to the architects, “Three narrow pavilions “bend” to follow the natural contours, allowing ease of movement through the landscape and minimal excavation of the landform. As in the natural environment, folds in landforms often contain watercourses; hence the two wedges of space between the three pavilions become a gathering of water, points of cleansing. These two linkages contain 2 bath-houses, one the main ensuite and the other a plunge pool/spa.”