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These two seaside cabins are cut into the hillside twenty meters from a small intimate beach in the Bay of Islands. They are sited facing northwest, concealed and immersed within the native bush of the terrain. The buildings are generous without being extravagant in area, and a large proportion of their footprint is covered by a glazed veranda. The small cabins are identical and positioned to take advantage of the view to the immediate shoreline below while located in elevation to one another so as to incorporate visual privacy. The plan is largely symmetrical with a part height wall division between the bedroom and bathroom/wardrobe. Rafters support a glass roof to the front and continue through the interior section of solid roof, to the re-emerging glass roof above the bathroom and rear entry. Roof glazing enables a lightness and connection to the bush above and around. A slatted screen wall provides privacy to an outdoor shower at the rear, while retaining a sense of connection to the landscape. The detailing articulates a refined rustic aesthetic including deliberate constructivist logic that expresses way the buildings are assembled. 

The project was completed in association with Noel Lane Architects.

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RB Studio is a design-focused practice. Quality to us means a commitment to producing buildings that endure - physically, practically and aesthetically. After careful communication, we apply innovative thinking to create solutions that transcend the brief. The client-architect relationship is fundamental to this process.

Our work is characterised by clarity, tactile materiality and the dynamic interplay of volume, light and mass. These attributes are the building blocks of good design and are the real forces that shape good architecture.  Through a process of continual critique and refinement, our aim is to develop individual design solutions that meet the needs of our clients.  We maintain a specialist team that focuses on projects with a cultural and artistic dimension.

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We utilise technology which includes three-dimensional coordination, graphics, colour rendering and modelling. This technology enables precision and performance, while allowing the office to maintain strong and consistent design.  We develop individual design solutions that respond and reflect the client's brief. These solutions are refined over the project development. The client relationship is strengthened by on going communication and dialogue throughout the project. Communication begins with establishing values and principles that aggregate into a concept-driven design approach and outcome. We work alongside a highly skilled team of consultants including Geotechnical and Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Landscape designers and Project Manager. These consultants are engaged at critical stages in our projects to ensure performance to realistic budget and time expectations.