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Boatsheds / Strachan Group Architects + Rachael Rush

The Property Addict / Architecture & Design

Nov 12 2015

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects, Rachael Rush Location: Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Design Team: Dave Strachan, Pat de Pont, Jessica Knight. Rachael Rush Area: 480.0 sqm Photographs: Patrick Reynolds Photography Builder: Gary Bonham, Bonham Builders & Management Engineer: Thorne, Thorne Dwyer Structures and Soil and Rock (Geotech) Quantity Surveyor: MCB (Paul Ranum) Landscape Designer: SGLA Interior Designer, Kitchen Designer: SGA Kitchen Manufacturer: Matisse (Archlinea) and Wackrows Joinery From the architect. On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the three-stepped gables of these black "Ë?boatsheds' appropriately reference our boating and beach culture. The sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home, a bespoke incubator for the clients' lifestyle. The corner site, challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour hard on the North-West boundary, stimulated an approach of layered complexity with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean. Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder. A diverse succession of multi-connected spaces create a threaded flow of movement, whilst each maintains a distinct and sequestered quality. The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue. archdaily logo THE_BOATSHEDS_6181 THE_BOATSHEDS_6267 THE_BOATSHEDS_6283 THE_BOATSHEDS_6373 THE_BOATSHEDS_6472    

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