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Bay of Islands, New Zealand – Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects
Stage two was the provision of an underground cellar and four distinct pavilions: additional bedrooms off the cottage, an open summer pavilion, a gymnasium and a spa room. Subtle gestures of building orientation and fenestration direct the occupants’ views and movements through the site. The pavilions are closely located, providing privacy and framing spectacular views, with the angular roof planes and canted placement a response to the rugged faceted coastline.
The central summer pavilion epitomises indoor/outdoor living: walls of glass louvres provide a seamless connection with the decks, pool and beach; a foldaway bed beneath a glazed roof allows sleeping under the stars; the free-standing bath is open to the outside; and generous overhangs allow for increased shading.
The pavilions use a restrained palette of natural materials. Stained bevel-back cedar weatherboards with stainless-steel fixings reinterpret the cladding of the cottage. The weatherboard cladding carries through to clear finished interior hoop-pine plywood linings. Darker solid-oak cabinetry contrasts this and binds the exterior tones to the interior. Tongue-and-groove flooring flows into the external decking. Saligna structural members, stained cedar joinery and corrugated metal roofing complete the exterior. All materials were sustainably sourced – timber is either plantation-grown or from renewable sources.
The project provides an elegant dichotomy, the protected internal nature of the harmoniously renovated cottage contrasting with the exposed and dramatic pavilion elements. Simplicity of form and finish allow all buildings to blend into their setting.
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