Coast Retreat, Warrington, Coastal Otago - Mason & Wales Architects | ArchiPro

Coast Retreat, Warrington, Coastal Otago

New Coastal Residence



The design brief for the Coastal Retreat was for a family home on a rural site, overlooking Warrington Beach and the tidal inlet of Blueskin Bay. Set high on an exposed coastal headland, the architectural form is robust, sheltered from the wind and reflects the rural environment.

Reminiscent of the vernacular barn, the house is crafted entirely of wood to reflect the character of durable farm buildings. The architectural design is shaped in a collection of simple timber wedge like forms that are orientated to capture the separate views of the coastline and to create shelter, whilst also separating the living areas and bedroom wings.

The landscape design is strongly connected with its natural environment. A continuation of native coastal planting of tussocks, ngaios and flaxes extenuate from the dunes of the beach below to reach the house above, which add to the intensity of the rugged coastal environment.

Images by Graham Warman

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