Beach Retreat

On a waterfront site in the Bay of Islands, five separate wings are located to reinforce the natural typography and create a sense of community around the central living area.

Three of the wings are cut deep into the hillside: one of them has the pasture rolling across the roof.

The central wing is identified by the elegant curves of a hyperbolic paraboloid roof which floats over the multiple living areas.


  • NZ Institute of Architects Supreme Award 2006
  • NZ Institute of Architects New Zealand Award 2006
  • NZ Institute of Architects Local Award 2005
  • Home and Entertaining, Home of the Year Award 2004