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Contemporary Stone House That Rocks—Literally!

By Decoholic on May 14, 2013

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Patterson Associates have created this beautiful, summer residence on Waiheke Island, an exotic hideaway famous for its fine vineyards such as Cable Bay, ManOWar and Passage Rock.

The island is also home to some of Auckland’s finest holiday houses. This humble abode is located on a steep coastal escarpment above a tree-fringed, white sand beach on the island's northern coast.

The quality of the Waiheke wine is attributed to its geology; seams of pyrite rock criss-cross the island like veins. It’s this geology that gives the grapes, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, their distinctive local Waiheke taste. This home's design uses this same local pyrite stratum as a building material to create a sense of place and belonging in its architecture.

The rocky mass that occupies the middle level of the home is situated as a bridge, open on both sides to exploit the beach frontage and the afternoon sun. A main living area nestles safely into the escarpment between a spacious ocean-front pool terrace and a grotto-like western courtyard to the west. The owners often use this grotto as an outdoor movie theatre.

Bedroom suites are grouped on the top level as finely scaled, romantic and louvered lookouts, hidden in the canopy line of the trees dotting the clear waters of the beach.

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