Rawene House, Auckland Building Development, NZ Architecture Images
Rawene House in Auckland, NZ
12 May 2020
Rawene House in Auckland, New Zealand
Design: Stevens Lawson Architects
Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
The Rawene House rests at the harbour’s edge in the leafy Auckland suburb of Westmere.
Stevens Lawson Architects’ client was committed to eastern spirituality and nourishment of the soul and their role was to interpret this in a New Zealand context with a house that belonged to this place. The architects aimed to create an earthy and soulful home, a place of spiritual calm and a peaceful haven in the city.
A rough, textured insitu cast concrete wall forms a spine, defining the ridgeline and the circulation flow through the house. Landscaped courtyards open off either side allowing sunlight, air and nature into the heart of the house.
The steeply angled roof planes and peripheral walls are clad in cedar shingles, like a feather cloak draped over the structure.
The living areas overlook the waterfront, while spaces for sleeping, yoga and music open onto private courtyards. Full height glazing gives a sense of transparency, allowing the presence of the harbour to be felt throughout the house.
It is envisaged that the house will play host to meditation retreats and spiritual workshops.
This is also a healthy house specifically designed to minimise toxins and electromagnetic radiation. Natural materials, finishes and hand made products have been used throughout; while the structure is made from timber, with no structural steel.
Employing passive design principles, the house includes photovoltaic cells, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, and a charging station for an electric vehicle.
Rawene House, Auckland – Building Information
Architect: Stevens Lawson Architects
Completion date: 2015
Photography: Mark Smith
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