Ngunguru House is located on a beautiful plot of land in Northern New Zealand that overlooks a shimmering blue ocean. Given that it is located in a regenerating forest, the owners asked architects Tennent + Brown to make the home look, act and feel like a bush camp. Organized as a row of "huts" shaded with a latticed canopy, the residence makes use of several sustainable design principles in order to lighten its footprint.
Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to ensure optimum use of winter sun to keep winter days warm and yet manages to incorporate enough natural ventilation to mitigate the affect of deadening summer temperatures.
Spanning the home’s core is a striking, latticed canopy that acts much like a canopy of trees in the forest. It provides shade, looks great, and also dapples incoming sunlight, creating a lovely array of shadows on the interior. At night, artificial lights create the same effect! Further lessening its environmental impact, the home has rainwater harvesting barrels throughout the property and waste water is treated on site.
Via Arch Daily
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