Dune House

Dune House is nested among the sand dunes of a popular beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The architecture responds to the opportunities of a coastal lifestyle but reflects the need for privacy from adjacent property.

A central open plan living space sits between a terrace and protected courtyard offering pool, outdoor dining and open fire. The terrace opens to the beach and ocean while the courtyard creates privacy and a sense of sanctuary. This protection is created by a bespoke steel and glass veil, obscuring views into the space but maintaining awareness of afternoon light and the setting sun.

Project Details: The internal floor area is approximately 400m2 and construction was completed in mid-2013. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Robin Gieselhardt, with Stephen de Vrij. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Interiors are a collaboration with Penny Hay Design Photography is by Patrick Reynolds.


Winner of a World Architecture Award (WAF 2014) Finalist for the New Zealand Architectural Medal (NZIA Awards 2014) Winner of a New Zealand Architecture Award (NZIA Awards 2014)