Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Auckland Limited
Great Barrier Island
Sustainability Award, Cladding Building Envelope
WINNER: Residential Architectural Excellence
The house is nestled in a beautifully private setting surrounded with large Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives. The building form is elevated for flood protection, and acknowledges the hill to the west, lifting towards it’s elevation. The living zone opens completely to this setting, and the timber exoskeleton references the surrounding trees. The bedrooms all have protected outdoor space, being closely located to the trees for increased privacy. The house is located to protect the existing vegetation and to make the most of the sun and the native bird life on the property.
Being on Great Barrier Island, the building also needed to be sustainable. A grove of Tasmanian Blackwoods was planted on the site in the late 1980s as a future timber supply, some of which was prematurely felled by a major storm and subsequently used in the finishing of the house. Sustainable timber supplies were specified and verified by the owners.