Designed for a young couple to accommodate their social lifestyle and desire to merge their work lives with their social lives.

The building acknowledges the hybrid nature of the house/bach brief by articulating the building in 2 parts.

A rectilinear spiral block wall seats the building into the steep landscape and orders the site, while providing level areas and separate guest accommodation.

A lightweight one bedroom bach sits lightly on and cantilevering over the plinth element.

The bach component of the building thrusts forward toward the expansive views to the south while the roof peels open towards the north to allow penetration of sunlight.

A sense of privacy from the proximate overlooking neighbours is achieved through the positioning of a screen device on the deck.

Jackie Meiring (4;6;7;8;9)
architect (1;2;3;5)

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Herbst Architects Ltd is a New Zealand Institute of Architects registered practice, established in 2000 by principals Lance and Nicola Herbst. The practice has completed a wide range of works in the fields of residential, commercial and education, for which they have been the recipient of multiple awards for architecture, including 14 NZIA awards and the 2012 Home of the Year award. Their works have been widely published, both locally and internationally.

The practice maintains a small office in Auckland that strives to make a positive and meaningful contribution to the built environment through excellence in architecture.