BEACH FOREST HOUSE

BEACH FOREST HOUSE

BEACH FOREST HOUSE

BEACH FOREST HOUSE

Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Nestled into the north western hillside on the South Coast of Wellington, overlooking Island Bay Beach & surrounding valley systems, this home was developed in conjunction with the neighbouring Lot behind. The dwellings were to provide a flexible and complementary model for site specific suburban density and social diversity, that sits apart from standard replication models for multi-unit development.

An environment of flexibility, sense of community, belonging & sustainable healthy living were conditions that drove the design brief - alongside site specific responses such as connection with view, environmental passive design, low energy use, and future proofing. 

Beach Forest House comprises three volumetric forms, that are separated into two parts; a 110m2 two bedroom home + smaller 40m2 flexible accommodation studio named ‘The Tower’, while decking and landscaping connect & dissect the forms. 

A prefabricated construction assembly logic was used, consisting of a hybrid Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) & timber frame panelised system allowing accurate and efficient onsite assembly.

Area: 150m²  |  Type: Residential, New Build
Year: 2021  |  Construction: Makers Fabrication

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NZIA – Wellington Architecture Awards 2022
Winner – Housing

NZIA – Wellington Architecture Awards 2022
Shortlisted – Housing

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Photography by Thomas Seear-Budd