This home is an arrangement of concrete and glazed forms sited on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, Rangitoto and the extent of the Hauraki Gulf.
The client sought a two-storey glass volume that could maximise the views while providing shelter from prevailing weather. A lap pool has been cast in to the edge of a stone terrace to form the edge of an elevated terrace behind the house and its extensive water horizon.
A bathing space is set into one corner of the concrete mass, with retractable glass walls and operable screens to allow a sense of the entire space being part of the ocean front environment.
The palette is extremely pared back, using a textured plaster over concrete and masonry construction. The double height glazed volume is formed in frameless glass panels suspended as a crystalline enclosure over a steel frame. Sliding glass panels can be retracted below this enclosure to give uninterrupted connection to the outlook and terrace on each side.