Castle Rock Beach House / Herbst Architects

Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

Project Details:
Location: Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
Type: ResidentialHouses
Architects: Herbst Architects
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

A holiday house for primarily summer use with a boatshed /garage. The house will not be used as a permanent residence.

Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

Architect’s statement:
This building is a continuation of our exploration in a genre of building that is specifically design for occupation in the summer months. In the design process we attempt to challenge the boundaries between the built form and nature to heighten the experience of immersion in nature. We challenge also the accepted levels of comfort and utility for the same reason. We attempt also to reference the nostalgia surrounding the “Kiwi bach” by manipulating scale, form, relationships, materiality and limitation of amenity.

Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

Response

  • Break the building into 2 primary components in order to reduce the scale and to allow the bach to follow the contour of the land.
  • Create a single cut in the knoll and retain it with a gabion wall, this sets up a spine around which the components can be ordered.
  • Separate the functions by a full level to allow a panoramic view from the living level and to step the house down towards the beach.
Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

The living pavilion is articulated as a series of 4 spaces in a pinwheel arrangement; a kitchen, a lounge and 2 covered decks. The kitchen aspects towards both the north and south deck depending on the prevailing wind conditions by manipulating a series of doors and shutters.

Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

A stair drops to the lower level and penetrates the gabion wall, a covered outside walkway running along the gabion wall connects to the bedroom spaces.

The stair continues on axis with a powerful rock formation at the base of the slope to make the connection to the beach.

Castle rock beach house / herbst architects
© Patrick Reynolds

A black stained rainscreen cladding introduces a crenulated layering which peels open in part to allow views and privacy or wind screening.

Structural timbers are generally exposed and left without color embellishment.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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