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An exposed, blustery site on the edge of an rugged coast may not be everyone's ideal location, but for one couple on the verge of retirement, the opportunity to create a liveable tribute to this extraordinary setting on the Kāpiti Coast was too great to pass up.

With a panorama ocean outlook to Kapiti Island , the home shares a boundary with a protected coastal reserve, teeming with a biodiverse ecosystem made up of thousands of unique animal, insect and plant species not found further inland.

The brief demanded a built response that acknowledged the spirit of the place – an architecture that seemed to grow from the ground. Much like a piece of driftwood swept up onto sand, long last at voyage's end, the home settles on the site with a restful ease. A refuge from the biting nor westerly winds, durable exterior materials protect a warm, relaxed interior.

A taught skin of cedar wraps the exterior of the house and extends into the interior spaces to reinforce the seamless inside/outside living connection.

A central ‘Boardwalk’ extends through the house connecting all interior spaces to a sheltered courtyard within the heart of the house.

House and boatshed are organically arranged around a low lying sand dune creating a settlement of forms.

Gable roofs and strong geometric forms mirror the backdrop of angular hills and nest the house to its place.

Photography by Paul McCredie

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