Waitakere Forest House

Situated at the base of Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, the Waitakere Forest House is a tribute to the rugged wilderness that surrounds it. The home is enveloped by acres of rainforest and rolling hillsides. The dwelling consists of a collection of volumes clad in screens of native timber and wooden shingles. Their weathered finish immediately connects the exteriors to the neighboring trees. Each building is staggered in placement, creating a series of outdoor spaces to enjoy the landscape. Large sliding glass doors lead to the interior, revealing walls of exposed concrete. Wood floors and ceilings add a rustic warmth while light filters in through the external screens adding a soft airiness to the dense atmosphere.

Photos: Simon Wilson with Amelia Holmes / Fearon Hay Architects

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