Marine Parade Piha

Architects: Herbst Architects

While not as large as our commercial or education buildings, residential projects can be just as challenging and satisfying. We encounter very demanding sites and must realise ambitious architectural visions – all while meeting the exacting requirements of owners. This house in Piha has all of that and more. The building is nestled within a pohutukawa forest and, from the outset, construction had to involve minimal removal of trees and foundations designed to limit damage to the forest root structures.

The architect’s vision echoed the forest and trees as much as possible and required a boundary, between forest and house, which proceeded from the natural to the orderly via a ‘frayed’ interface. This is achieved through a two storey glass-roofed atrium which involves a complex system of thin supporting struts. These are of composite steel and timber and must operate towards the upper limit of design capacity. In this way, load paths are hidden and the desired impression is achieved in a structure and space we are particularly proud of.

Awards: 2011 – NZIA Auckland architecture award, “HOME NZ” Home of the year 2012 winner; NZIA New Zealand Architecture award & finalist; NZ Wood Timber Design Awards – Winner “residential architectural excellence;” WAN (World Architecture News) House of the Year 2012 – Finalist

Residential Projects

Mai Mai House Eunoia Marine Parade Piha