The design for this house addresses the client's need to shelter from the prevailing sea breeze whilst retaining some privacy and being able to enjoy their stunning beachfront views.

The building form creates a decked courtyard in the centre of the site, with the garage protecting views from the street, the bedroom wing to the south and the living area between it and the beach. Verandahs are used to provide an accessway to the house and shaded outdoor spaces. 

The living area, comprising sitting, dining and kitchen is a spacious, light room. It's roof lifts to the east allowing morning sun to penetrate year round over the top of the adjacent properties. The house can be opened to the outside through many alternative doors depending of the exact wind direction.

Get in touch

About the

  • Projects published
  • Recent Responsiveness


    Usually responds within
    24 hours on weekdays

JTB Architects is an award-winning NZIA Registered practice, founded in Nelson in 1986. We now work from studios in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Wānaka, on projects around New Zealand. We design beautiful contemporary buildings of all sizes and across a broad range of project types.

We are a design-led practice which is committed to understanding and responding to our client’s needs with professionalism, energy and creativity. With each project we aim to find the optimum balance between sustainability, value and design quality, based on our client’s priorities. We design robust and durable buildings without compromising aesthetic quality.

Committed to sustainability
Innovation forms a central part of our approach in relation to materials technology and energy use. We are members of the New Zealand Green Building Council, and our business is also EKOS Zero Carbon for Business Operations.