Whau House Tutukaka

Beach house

The concept of this new home in Tutukaka, is to create a floating canopy over the land and is designed to highlight the connection between land and sea. This follows the line of the hill, and the native planting datum
(of whau, manuka and nikau) canopy line. Below is the rugged coast line
of black rocks against the ever changing sea. It is edged by native bush including
the native Whau wood, after which the point is named. The lightness of the whau wood and the use of its buoyancy
in rafts and canoes inspires both form and materiality of
the home. The roof canopy lifts up towards the mountain, allows northern and
western light into the house, while the lowered edge of the roof frames the view of the
jagged coast line.


DonnellDay Team

Lisa Day, Shanker Kumaracheliyan, Adriana Toader