The Boathouse

This project is located on the coastal edge of Hongoeka Bay north of Plimmerton, overlooking Mana Island.

The brief called for a small retreat that could be utilised by the owners’ family and friends, reflecting their passion for the local area and surrounding landscape. A simple building that reflected its location and a close relationship with Hongoeka Bay.

The building consists of a large open plan space where various functions can occur. It can be opened up to the exterior on three sides, maximising exposure to the sea and land or alternatively closed down through the use of large sliding screens to protect against the elements. Annexed off this central space is a small kitchen and bathroom with a mezzanine floor above for sleeping.

The external materials were chosen to reflect the building’s origins, its form and the nature of the site. The strong uncomplicated form of the building heightens the experience of the site giving the feeling of being close to the elements but also enabling protection from them at the same time, creating a sense of shelter in close connection with its environment and providing a setting that captures the spirit of the New Zealand boathouse.

NZ Institute of Architects Award