The contemporary Korora residence, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Auckland-based architectural practice Daniel Marshall Architects has completed the Korora project. The project was finished on 2010 and the modern home can be found in Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand.
According to the architects: “A ridge stretching between Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and the pastoral landscape of Waiheke Island provided a stunning, and challenging, context in which to design a contemporary home.
“The approach was to work within the contour of the ridge, as an attempt to minimise the impact on the landscape. A landscape wall, clad in local coloured stone, splays out from the primary plan form, providing a point of entry to the house, and allowing the excavation that drops the garage below the ground line.
“Ascending the stair, one reaches the house via a southern courtyard. The plan form of the contemporary Auckland house is spaced between this courtyard and its accompanying northern courtyard, which are bridged by a gabled roof stretched across the long axis. The courtyards provide the opportunity to shelter from either of the two dominant winds.
“The materiality of the contemporary New Zealand property draws on two architectural conditions of Waiheke, the masonry forms were inspired by the gun emplacements of Stoney Batter. The use of cedar and plywood reflect precarious weekenders of the island’s past.
“The clients are returning to live in New Zealand after a long period in Asia.”