strachan group architects: owhanake bay house
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may 06, 2012
strachan group architects: owhanake bay house

‘owhanake bay house’ by strachan group architects, waiheke island, new zealand
image © patrick reynolds
all images courtesy of strachan group architects

positioned upon a bluff on the coast of waiheke island, new zealand, the ‘owhanake bay house’ by new zealand-based practice
strachan group architects offers vistas to the adjacent hauraki gulf. the single-storey structure accommodates the needs of inhabitants
while navigating a site with significantly changing slopes. a cluster of three narrow pavilions, the dwelling follows the topography,
requiring minimal excavation and alteration to the landscape. flap windows oriented towards the eastern views engage the
dwellers with their surroundings and sub-tropical climate.

integrated into the spatial experience, folds in the terrain beneath the home naturally collect water, forming points of cleansing.
at these areas, glazed walls and translucent polycarbonate roofs are used to further the blur boundaries between indoors and outdoors
and naturally illuminate the spaces. an outdoor room with partial screening by the land formation creates a shelter from afternoon sun
while an outdoor fireplace warms the area during the winter months.

view of bay from the residence
image © patrick reynolds

entry corridor
image © patrick reynolds

dining terrace
image © patrick reynolds

dining terrace
image © patrick reynolds

living area
image © patrick reynolds

image © patrick reynolds

image © patrick reynolds

context plan

floor plan / level 0
1. kitchen
2. dining
3. lounge
4. outdoor room
5. indoor plunge pool
6. guest bedroom
7. guest bathroom
8. master bedroom
9. ensuite
10. dressing room
11. study
12. laundry
13. store
14. garage
15. rear porch
16. pond
17. bridge
18. deck



project info:

location: waiheke island, new zealand
head architect: dave strachan
builders/main contractor: tomik ltd (auckland & waiheke island based)
structural engineer: adam mackenzie
year: 2008
images: all photography by patrick reynolds
sketches: all sketches done by dave strachan

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