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Cloudy Bay Shack by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects


Surry Hills-based architectural practice, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, has designed the Cloudy Bay Shack project. The modern two-storey family home is located in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.

This luxury New Zealand property was designed and oriented to maximise the environmental benefits of the site, including both sunlight and the spectacular views of the landscape.


According to the architects: “An entry sequence has been established to deliberately dramatise the ‘Cloudy Bay’ view. On arrival, visitors face two weathered steel walls, resembling someone holding their arms out to welcome an old friend. When the door is opened, a warm timber interior is revealed and the view is obscured by a series of concertina timber panels. As you enter, the view is revealed by degrees until you walk down three steps to the entertaining level where the full view of the receding vines and Richmond Ranges are presented.


Interior design includes bedrooms and bathrooms being focused on the same view, with the added benefit that the visitors can be concealed behind their personal timber screen or gain the view directly by opening the screen.

“The exterior is composed of materials typical of the region: weathered steel and timber, evocative of rustic buildings seen nestled in the pastoral landscape. This ensures that the building as an object sits comfortably in its environment. To provide unexpected contrast, the interior is lined in well detailed, sophisticated timber and stone.”

Images courtesy of the architects

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December 24, 2013 | Property | View comments

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