Tennent + Brown Architects designed this lovely family home that sits on a previously leveled hilltop in Ngunguru, Northland, New Zealand. The design of the home was inspired by the beautiful narrow coastal views between existing trees on the property that created the idea of the house as a bush camp – a collection of rooms along a main central pathway with outdoor spaces in between.
[quote]Over sailing this central hall space is a draped second storey with latticed sides for shading and to unify the collection of forms. The lattice work casts dappled patterns throughout the day to capture a feeling of being under a tree canopy and is artificially lit from without to cast the same shadows at night.
The design seeks to take advantage of the warm northern climate with the exterior spaces between the forms always providing a variety of spaces to catch the sun and retreat from the sea breezes.
Passive solar, sustainable sourced materials, thermal mass, on site wastewater disposal and water collection tanks are part of the sustainable design principles used.[/quote]