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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Boatsheds in Auckland, New Zealand by Strachan Group Architects (SGA Ltd.)

 
September 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Strachan Group Architects (SGA Ltd.)

On a constrained, compact urban site, a stones throw from Takapuna Beach, the three- stepped gables of these black ‘boatsheds’ appropriately reference our boating and beach culture. The sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home, a bespoke incubator for the clients’ lifestyle.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

  • Architects: Strachan Group Architects (SGA Ltd.) with Rachael Rush
  • Project: Boatsheds
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photography: Patrick Reynolds
  • Design team: Dave Strachan, Pat de Pont, Jessica Knight with Rachael Rush
  • Builder: Gary Bonham, Bonham Builders and Management

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

The corner site, challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour hard on the North-West boundary, stimulated an approach of layered complexity with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder. A diverse succession of multi-connected spaces create a threaded flow of movement, whilst each maintains a distinct and sequestered quality.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue.

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

Image Courtesy © Patrick Reynolds

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