“A site left vacant so long locals had assumed it was public land has resulted in a measured response to ameliorate the loss of a supposed public amenity. The transparent seaside H-plan lifts the ubiquity of the form through a simple glazed walkway that provides privacy and complexity. The layering and overlapping of external spaces successfully recreates the feeling of a camping experience, a key aspect of the brief. The many needs of a multi-generational family have been superbly balanced in a simple manner to realise an extraordinary solution with consummate skill.”

Photography by Simon Devitt

2019 - NZIA Awards Jury Citation

  • Location: Pauanui - Coromandel
  • Completed: 2018
  • Floor area: 190m²
  • Contractor: Pauanui Builders Ltd
  • Recognition:
    • NZIA - Residential Award 2019
    • NZ House & Garden - February 2020
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Johnston Architects is a design-led studio specialising in high-quality new-build residential and commercial projects throughout New Zealand.

We pride ourselves on crafting rigorously planned and immaculately detailed projects that exceed client expectations. With almost 100 years of combined experience delivering architectural projects of exceptional quality in New Zealand and overseas, our tight-knit team of talented designers will ensure that your project is tailored to suit your quality and budgetary requirements.

Johnston Architects is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our work. We strongly believe that the creation of well-crafted, timeless architecture is the key to sustainable design and we ensure that sustainable strategies are employed seamlessly into the overall design to enhance the comfort, quality, and delight of your home.

Our work is always informed by a site's physical and cultural setting. Working in some of the most remarkable and scenic locations in the country has resulted in a body of work that responds to its context in a timeless and elegant manner.