The pohutukawa is a large multi-stemmed tree which grows on the coast. In translation from Maori its name means "soaked in mist. Sit in the shade of these 20 meter tall giants and chat about this private residence built by Auckland-based Herbst Architects in Piha North, New Zealand.
This cute beach house would be a haven for both a couple and a group of friends. 90% of the beach area is hutukawa. Architects took that into account. By constructing the building in this coastal grove, they combined business with pleasure – the dwelling is surrounded by beautiful fairy-tale trees and they also protect it from the scorching sun. The location is near a popular beach. Oaklanders make regular day trips there. It's the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends in the wilderness or be alone with your partner.
The exterior of the house is unique. The wooden elements blend naturally into the landscape, blending in with the wonderful plants. Huge windows on the second floor replace the walls. The interior is also beautiful. The interior is finished with state-of-the-art techniques using wood imitation materials. A modern fireplace and a hide tossed on the floor convey the project's contrasts as perfectly as possible. The villa is a landmark and catches the eye of the vacationers in the area.
Plenty of room inside. Everything here exudes style, beauty and comfort. The kitchen and living room are connected together and flow seamlessly into a patio-like area in the front garden beside the house. Today's design blurs the lines between the exterior and interior of the house, creating a rational space. This breathtakingly imaginative project is unlike any other. The interior is intimately connected with nature, flowing outdoors to enhance the experience of being inside a wild life.