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House In Rippling Stream By Archipelago Wellington

New Zealand-based architecture firm Archipelago Wellington has designed the House in Rippling Stream.

Completed in 2012, this contemporary, water front home is located in Rippling Stream, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Budget Beach House by Archipelago Wellington:

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“Architect Brian Paquette Architecture, alongside consultants Dan Roe of Roe Architecture, designed this as a temporary residence for a director and her working staff. The house was built on a narrow site facing the beach in the Dunedin archipelago. The clients wanted a part of the site for themselves, as well as a pool and guesthouses for events.

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The site is a protected conservation area, and thus the house was situated on the site. The brief called for the space to be unencumbered by design constraints, and any structural or artistic restrictions.

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The home is located along the southern beach edge of the $303 million Isle of Crosemouth Inlet, at the southernmost point on the site. The concept was to create a house that could ‘flap’ at the beach, allowing the ocean breeze to push against the building. The weather and landscape interacts with the house on various levels: the front garden, the backyard, and the pool/spa. Alignment is simple and direct, with the house’s large timber construction to the front, a simple timber form to the rear, and timber walkways and decks to the south and west. Light and dark, polished concrete and natural materials merge to form a cradling, cozy shelter for living and gatherings.

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The simple arrangement contrasts with the historic 11th centuryty of the property, and recalls the exotic African structures built to host visiting European royalty and royalty families during their lifetime.”

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Photos by: Patrick Reynolds

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