this coastal home in new zealand has been elevated above the steep terrain to offer sweeping views of the hauraki gulf. designed by LTD architectural, the ‘duncansby road’ house is a family residence located near the whangaparāoa peninsula, a suburban area about 25 kilometers north of auckland. the single storey structure features spacious open-plan accommodation with an outdoor terrace serving as an extension of the indoor living space.

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LTD architectural originally conceived that the property would reach out and over the bank on which it sits like the pohutukawa trees common to the region. the home’s ‘roots’ come in the form of a series of steel portals and cable cross bracing, which provide an elegant subfloor structure. this construction method elevates the house above the sloping site, and allows sunlight and rain to permeate beneath the building.

LTD architectural duncansby road
the coastal home has been elevated above the steep terrain

 

 

‘in time vegetation will grow below and around the structure, re-stabilizing the site and allowing good permeability leaving the living platform suspended over lush, green coastal vegetation with cinematic views to the gulf,’ explains the design team. LTD architectural has also completed another residence in new zealand that forms a reinterpretation of the country’s backcountry huts — simple shelters found in the wilderness that can be inhabited by the general public.

LTD architectural duncansby road
an outdoor terrace serves as an extension of the indoor living space

LTD architectural duncansby road
the single storey structure features spacious open-plan accommodation

LTD architectural duncansby road
the property offers sweeping views of the hauraki gulf

LTD architectural duncansby road
the single storey structure is located about 25 kilometers north of auckland

LTD architectural duncansby road
the interior is naturally and brightly lit

LTD architectural duncansby road
over time, it is hoped vegetation will grow below and around the structure

LTD architectural duncansby road
the family residence located near the whangaparāoa peninsula

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