Builder: Davidson Building Ltd.
Photography: Simon Devitt
“Intelligent and playful – and with a flash of colour – the compact holiday retreat is crafted in a robust, sophisticated and captivating manner. Every square centimetre of space is cleverly and delightfully used, from the ‘jewel box’ treatment of storage joinery to a playful escape in the loft. The interior warmth, containment and sense of calm belie the siting – the house is elevated on a ‘forest’ of timber piles above the steepest part of a difficult plot. Here, allusions to a suburban tramping hut are more than skin deep. Te Kea is totally without pretension – it is a sanctuary that is obviously a true joy to inhabit.”
2019 NZIA Southern Architecture Awards Jury comments.