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Auckland-based architectural studio Herbst Architects has designed this stunning two-story beach house, Under Pohutukawa in Piha North, a coastal area in northern New Zealand. Built on a site covered with mature Pohutukawa trees, the residence is designed to resonate with the surrounding trees. The house is spectacular both inside and out, especially the inside living room which opens up to the forest allowing natural light and air circulation inside the house.
The main structures of the house are two towers “which are construed as freshly sawn stumps of the trees that were removed.” One tower houses the bedroom while the other serves as a garage.
A large public space with a living room, dining area and a kitchen, connects the two towers. The roof of the public space is supported by a series of elements which are inspired by the tree trunks and branches.
The Under Pohutukawa beach house has won the NZIA Auckland architecture award 2011.
Photography: Patrick Reynolds, Via: HomeDSGN