Bold Intervention on a Provoking Steep Site: Waiatarua House in New Zealand

Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand was developed by Hamish Monk Architecture on a provoking steep site. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty. The owners of the retreat are a couple in their mid-sixties who wanted to get away from the hectic city life. By choosing a black timber exterior, the house appears to have a black and imposing silhouette, powerfully contrasting its lush green environment.


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