WAIHEKE HOUSE BY STUDIO JOHN IRVING ARCHITECTS
Not that long ago I came across Studio John Irving Architect and was immediately impressed by their understated, yet somehow supremely confident design sensibilities. Waiheke Beach House is a great example of this – at once spacious, engaging, and subtle. Nothing about this space is boastful or showy, and yet I can’t help but feel jealous of the lucky people who get to call it theirs!
Completed just recently, this house is a clever and beautiful response to the surrounding context (views views views!), client brief, and sloping site. The main living areas provide a wonderful balance between accounting for views, outdoor living sapces, and interior functionality. Most of all, it is the way in which these three key elements are tied together and work in harmony that impresses me. Never does one element seem to dominate, or get in the way of the other. It is as though there has been no need to compromise on satisfying any of these issues in resolving the complex requirements of the site or brief. How fabulous that the design result could be so good as to assume no room for potential improvement!
All photographs from Studio John Irving Architects