This two-storey house by Herbst Architects is located between a beach and a mountain slope in Piha, New Zealand.
The brief called for a house that sited itself amongst its dramatic landscape, captured views and could be occupied in all seasons. Covered in mature pōhutukawa trees, the site offered unique views but limited sunlight. The architecture studio's design therefore developed out of the need to maximise sunlight and incorporate the forest. The living areas of the house are on the upper level, closer to the light and the canopy of the trees. A continuous clerestory window lets light in from above and a central courtyard offers a protected connection to the outdoors.