Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

AWANA BEACH HOUSE

Herbst Architects

PHOTOGRAPHS
Jackie Meiring

LOCATION
New Zealand

MANUFACTURERS
Bisazza, Dryden, Viking Range, Pro Clima, Colorcote

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Sullivan Hall

LANDSCAPE
Second Nature

CONTRACTOR
Great Barrier Building Company

CABINETRY
Wim De Bruin

DESIGN ARCHITECT
Lance Herbst

CO DESIGN ARCHITECT
Nicola Herbst

ASSISTANT ARCHITECT
Jimmy Gray

INTERIOR DESIGN
Simone Crowe

CATAGORY
Houses

AREA
3400 ft²

YEAR
2020

The Awana house is located on the Great Barrier island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

The island is actually quite rural with its major part being conservation parks.

This engages some residents to adopt off-the-grid living means and setups that end up influencing their built setting.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

Herbst Architects have designed multiple residences on the island through the years, making them experts at managing the distant and at times harsh environment all while highlighting the contextual beauty and assets.

The architects were therefore apt at understanding the given site and implemented design solutions such as managing the single-story residence’s orientation and composition, subject to the sloping terrain.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

This translated into the two rectangular volumes that respond to alternating levels of the site.

The living box faces the beach, while the timber-framed bedroom connects towards the distant private back.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

The T-shaped composition also enables the creation of some sheltered and private exterior spaces as extensions of the common living zones

Another relevant design implementation is the facade layers that offer protection from the elements and an added level of privacy to the high-end family dwelling, which is located around the dunes of the public beach.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

The wooden paneled shutters become the main distinguishable and bold design elements of the house.

The resulting setup is as functional as it is balanced, offering serenity and safety to the inhabitants.

This is achieved through the ventilation flow, considered natural light orientations, and the choice of warm local wood and textured concrete.

Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring

Going back to nature prompted energy-efficient, off-the-grid yet elegant architecture.


Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring
Awana Beach House
© Jackie Meiring


Awana Beach House
Plan - Upper Floor
Awana Beach House
Plan - Lower Floor


Awana Beach House
Plan - Site
Awana Beach House
Section

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