Cooks Beach Residence
Self sufficiency in paradise best describes this residence located behind Cooks Beach in the Coromandel. Situated next to the top of a waterfall, this off the grid home takes advantage of the private north facing rocky knoll. Simple pavilions cluster around the rocky knoll providing a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces and have been arranged to take advantage of the view and sun.
Limited access meant trucks could not deliver concrete, so floor slabs were strategically placed to maximize passive solar collection. Winter sun is adsorbed in tiled floor slabs which radiates warmth back into the spaces at night. Pergolas and eaves shade these slabs keeping the interior cool in the hot summer months. Locally milled Lawson Cyprus weatherboards clad the exterior, nestling the structure into the surrounding bush. A glimpse of the stream feeding the waterfall can be seen when taking a bath.