The site on which this amazing residence is situated is quite spectacular. The building is located in Auckland, New Zealand and it sits on a piece of land that’s elevated above a rocky cove. It stands at the entrance to a double bay, with a sloped surface towards East and North, overlooking the reef and sandy beaches.
The house was designed in 2014 by Archimedia, a studio with a holistic design strategy and a particular interest in sustainability. For the designers, architecture represents an expression of the synthesis between people, location and time. The Hekerua Bay Residence occupies 390 square meters of space and makes the most of its location.
The building is structured on a series of platforms that form a terraced structure. The spaces on each floor are framed by open terraces which have glass railings. They offer unobstructed views of the surroundings and they capture the full beauty of the landscape. The client, who is an engineer with a keen eye for detail, chose materials that relate to the Cypriot and Mediterranean cultures.
Concrete is the main material used for the project. In addition to that,t he designers also used travertine with a color that matches the beaches across the bay and clay-colored sandstone reminiscent of the nearby island cliffs. The spaces are organized inside a curved concrete shell inspired by the design of the early 20th century structures found in the golf area.
The top floor contains the master suite, a reading room, a guest suite as well as a studio. These spaces stand suspended above all the other platforms.