Boatsheds by Strachan Group Architects is a deceptively simple home on the northern beach of Takapuna in New Zealand that can open and close in response to weather changes and the occupant’s desires. Every day the house could take on a completely different appearance thanks to walls that are able to lift, fall, slide, fold, or disappear completely. The house has also been designed to reference the local boating and beach culture, integrating it perfectly within the neighborhood.
The corner site is not only in a compact urban area, but it’s challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour. To counteract these limitations, architects opted for layered complexity, and plenty of transparency to make sure the house captured not only light and sun, but glimpses of a native pohutukawa tree, and the ocean as well.
In contrast to the simple exterior, the home’s interior features expertly crafted timber, which showcases unique talents and artistic style of the builder. The layout itself is a diverse succession of multi-connected spaces which creates a threaded flow of movement, but also maintains the unique characteristics and function of each room.
Strachan Group Architects were assisted by Rachael Rush on the project, and overall, the house proves it’s possible to create something beautiful and dynamic even with significant limitations standing in the way. It’s safe to say the owner will never grow tired of a house that features stunning modern design, and can be rearranged like a Rubik’s cube.
[for more New Zealand architecture, don’t miss one of our favorites, the Pohutukawa Beach House by Herbst Architects]