River Retreat by Edwards White Architects

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Location: Taupiri, Waikato, New Zealand
Area: 120 msq
Year: 2017



Awards

2018 NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Architecture Award
– Residential Architecture

2018 Silver: Designers Institute of New Zealand, Best Awards
– Spatial – Residential


Architects: Edwards White Architects
Contractor: Mackay Construction
Photography: © Simon Wilson



Recipient of the NZIA New Zealand small project architecture award, the simple skewed form of this house has an appropriate scale and presence within the wider landscape. On arrival visitors are led up a path alongside tall cedar screens before stepping up onto a deck and informally entering.  Capturing this sense of informality was a key design driver in creating a small family home that felt like a retreat. The kitchen is the hub of the home with the deck slicing through the plan. The living space steps down into a light filled volume reaching out to the river. A mezzanine pulls over above with an exposed bookcase balustrade providing a sense of homeliness. The rear of the house, delineated by the seamless pivot door, provides a place to retreat.

Capturing a sense of informality was a key design driver in creating a small family home that felt like a retreat. The Bach typology of blurring of spaces and breaking down of thresholds corresponds with the expressed natural materials and tectonic detailing.

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Edwards White Architects
The Mezzanine
The Riverbank Lane
298 Victoria Street
Hamilton

07 839 0095
office@edwardswhite.co.nz


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