Page 62 – Under Pohutukawa – Herbst Architects

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Front Facade

This stunning beach house is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is nestled under a grove of Pohutukawa trees adjacent to the beach. Created for the Butler Family, for short and extended stays, this home does much to blend into it’s surround and create a sense of open tranquility. 

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Concept Sketch

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Lounge Room & Exterior Corner Detail

Since some trees had to be cut down and removed to build the home, Herbst Architects have chosen to use a lot of Cedar timber on both the exterior and interior of this house. The idea that “letting nature do it’s thing” will allow the timbers will soften and silver over years, keeping with a natural aesthetic rather than “plasticising everything” as Lance Herbst says.

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

View through the trees

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Tree like canopy & Beautiful Stair Detail

Much of the concept has to do with retaining a sense of the trees and blending the border between inside and outside. This is particularly apparent with the roof supports and the sliding glass doors to the outdoor deck.

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Living Room - from above

I love this shot of the living room with sunlight dappled over the floor… Heaven!

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Living Room

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Bedroom

Not so keen on the bedroom shot here. But I think that is largely just a styling thing.

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Exterior Detail

Beautiful detailing of the exterior timber cladding.

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Dining Room

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Fire Place & Exterior Deck

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Floor Plan

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Ground Floor Plan

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

First Floor Plan

New Zealand Beach Houses, New Zealand Architecture, Pohutukawa, Herbst Architects

Elevation

Am putting this gorgeous beach side retreat on my wish list! Might put a matching holiday on there too….

GB x

All photos by Patrick Reynolds.

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