This exquisite holiday home in Tawharanui, known as the Takatu House, was recently recognised with the 2019 NZIA Auckland Architecture award for its stunning design by RTA Architects.
Constructure played a key role in supplying the solutions for the intriguing engineering challenges this beach home created for the architects, engineers and builders.
“We are pleased our partners at RTA Architects have been rewarded for their amazing design and of course we are proud to have played our role in making their vision become a reality,” says Constructure director James Knight.
Located amongst a small settlement of baches near the beach on the Tawharanui Peninsula, the Takatu House, nestles into the base of a bush covered hill overlooking farmland.
James says that the soft, alluvial ground conditions for the lower part of the building, as well as the potential high flood levels on the site, posed some interesting questions for his engineers.
“Our engineers managed to create strong foundations by driving deep piles through the softer top layer into the solid ground below,” says James. “We also detailed hidden steel plate connections into the external glulam rafters and columns to create a subtle joint that didn’t take away from the building form”.
According to the architect’s description, the spaces are divided by function, with living and sleeping pavilions housed under separate gable forms in a subtle reference to rural farm building vernacular.
RTA’s entry in the awards stated that the bach replaced a tired and outgrown cottage with a nostalgic nod to the original dwellings ‘pioneer red’ colour, which provides a striking contrast to the green hillside it sits upon.
For more photos, please check out the RTA website.