Seascape Retreat by Pattersons Architects

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Location: Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

Area: 110.0 sqm

Year: 2011

Architects: Pattersons

Photography: © Simon Devitt

A romantic beachside cottage is set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. It is a shelter designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests consisting of just three rooms, a lobby, living/sleeping and a bathroom.

This retreat is built using all local materials and is constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof. The structure is integrated into the escarpment above to protect occupants from falling debris. The cottage is self-sustainable in respect to on-site water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The project incorporated an extensive reforestation and re-vegetation sub project.

Its plan is an interlocking geometry responding to both near views of the Bay and far views out to Rocky Spires.  It is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood. This timber forms integrated joinery, wall and ceiling panels behind double glazed low e-glass in storm and shatter proof steel mullions which utilise earthquake resistant sliding heads.


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Digital process : PixSolution
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All images courtesy of Pattersons  |© Simon Devitt



Director — B Arch (hons), BAS

Andrew heads the conceptual design function of the practice.

In 1988 Andrew represented New Zealand at the New Breed Architectural Exhibition in Sydney and received his first National Award for Architecture in the same year. During his career he has won New Zealand National Awards for Architecture five times.

Andrew approaches people, architecture and the environment as interlinking identities underpinned by the assumption that if a building logically belongs in its ecology, both environment and social, then the people that use that Architecture will feel they belong there.

He is a vivid architectural storyteller with a passion for Maori history and mythology and is a great advocate for Architecture that responds to this history, the landscape and sense of place.

In May of 2012, Andrew was named by the world’s most searched architectural journal, London based World Architectural News, as one of five Architects “whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of world Architecture”. This achievement is unprecedented in New Zealand’s creative community.

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