Bossley Architects have developed the Okura House in Auckland, New Zealand.
Made for a sensitive ridge in rolling countryside, this home was depressed 3 metres into the present ridgeline to minimise affect on the sea views from the neighbouring web sites.
2 separate buildings, linked by screens and lightweight roof, define the entry and pool area and support minimise the general visual bulk. The primary living wing has a central section of concrete walls and earth roof to replicate the authentic ridge when viewed from afar. From this ‘grounded’ element radiate the floating roof more than the residing regions, and a separate bedroom wing which cantilevers substantially above the falling land.
Architect: Bossley Architects