Thornton Bay House - Wai O Te Marama
A home which captures the allure of the Thames coast, from high up on the face of the bush. A place for guests and a place to work. Something small and simple with big windows, decks, capturing the vast vista and not changing the lay of the land too much.
Near the top of a road that climbs steeply up from the coast, the site rises another 20 meters vertically. The views are to die for, and consequently a lot was asked of the buider.
Two small buildings, ( 11m x 5m and 3m x 9m ) were proposed to separate work from home and capture the drama from both buildings equally. The space between the buildings is a retreat from the elements.
Addressing the Geotechnical and drainage requirements stole the lions share of the budget, but not the show. A strong structure and robust materials fit well with the site, and enable a carefree relationship with the outdoor spaces.
A small home at one with its surroundings, sustainable in concept and construction.
“One of the beauties of a ply interior is it's warm reflectiveness, the house at night comes alive, a warm glowing cigar box.”
“Prior to building we lived in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment in NY. It was after our time there we realised not only could we live in a small space but wanted too.”
“I feel like we appreciate every sunset , every dawn and most of all every full moon sparkling its way across the firth, which is why we named our beautiful whare …
'Wai O Te Marama' “