Island Retreat

Waiheke Island 375sqm 2011

Island Retreat

Island Retreat


An arrangement of freestanding structures around a sheltered central courtyard rests in a saddle above Matiatia Bay. The natural undulations of the saddle have been subtly emphasized to form a natural setting for three roofed structures and freestanding raised pool. Inspiration for the site came from a study of lightweight, canopy- like structures, tensioned to the ground plane. Draped roof planes are tensioned to the surrounding landscape over interior and exterior spaces.


Project Team

Tim Hay

Jeff Fearon

Stephen de-Vrij

Robin Geiselhardt



Fearon Hay Architects with Penny Hay



Patrick Reynolds

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Awards & Press

NZIA New Zealand Award 2011
Elle Decoration UK 2012

Finalist WAF (World Architecture Festival) Awards, Singapore (2012)

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