City Beach House

Two crisp white rectangular volumes are set in a suburban street close to Takapuna Beach. This work is the result of the owner’s brief requiring a beach-side retreat in the city. A single form houses the downstairs living, eating and cooking with bedroom and additional living above. Additional sleeping spaces are in a separate structure – the two forms relating to each other across a grassed courtyard. The language is comprised of rough sawn boards and expanded aluminium mesh screens, all unified in a monochromatic white palette. Retractable glazing within the line of the screens creates open living and sleeping verandas for enjoyment of the summer months.

Project Details: Internal floor area is approximately 290m2. Construction completed at the end of 2013. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Chris Wood with Stephen de Vrij. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Simon Wilson and Patrick Reynolds with styling by Amelia Holmes.

Recognition: Winner of an NZIA Architecture Award (NZIA Auckland Awards 2014)