Cathedral Ceilings, Remuera

Hapua House, Thermal Heart Suite

NZIA award 2021 - RTA has skilfully planned a family home around a spine-like passage, courtyards and slipping pavilions. The outcome is a stunning design that provides sanctuary and light without turning its back on the street and neighbours. Playful detailing complements the assured architectural formalism of black-and-white buttressed gables. Of particular note is the precision of the concealed garage door, the bifold shutter that hermetically seals the house, and ingenious pool fencing. Cathedral-like interiors are perfectly formed around furniture, and each room has a specific relationship with the garden courtyards. The project is a benchmark for planning homes around the peculiarities of Auckland sections.