Kawau Island
Elizabeth Street
Marine Parade
Essex Road
Grosvenor Street
Cumberland Street
Easterbrook
Winsomere Crescent
Williamson Ave
Westmere Park Ave
Ashley Ardrey
Coopers Beach House
Ebisu Restaurant
Ewen Alison Ave
Hurstmere Rd Brew Bar
Martin House
Matapana Road
Nihinihi Avenue
Obstetric Clinic
Rice Restaurant
Robinson House
Rutherford House
Shoebox
Tyler Street Garage
West End Rd
Whites Road
Lynch Street
Godden Cres
Kirkmay
Allum Street
Archdall
John Street
Kawau Island
Queen Street Apartment
Scotts Landing
Seaview Avenue
Shorwell Street
Te Ahu Ahu Road
Wellpark Ave
William Denny
broomfields
colchester
Hauraki Gulf
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Hauraki Gulf

The orientation and design of this holiday home for a family of four on Kawau Island makes a hero of the view that stretches from the headland across the Bon Accord harbour and out to sea. With humble scale and materiality, the form hunkers into a steep manuka-clad site, a quiet newcomer to the native forest. 
Visitors enter the house by walking between two forms: a lineal spine and the bedroom block. The ‘spine’ is a utilitarian area with a dive room for wetsuits and regulators, a temperature-controlled cool store, the laundry and extra storage.  
The layout of the main home comprises two unimposing elements: one pavilion becomes the social hub that contains a modest kitchen, living and dining area; the other – the sleep zone - with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and a “rack and stack” bunkroom.
Cedar shiplap and black ply cladding speak of the Kiwi vernacular while the layout is reminiscent of a campsite, albeit with a few extra home comforts. 
A cocoon of timber created by cedar-sarked ceilings, plywood wall linings and solid-oak overlay flooring lends the space material warmth while shots of colour in the bedrooms bring a playfulness that is important within the context of a family escape. 
In contrast to the intimacy of the interiors, a pier-like deck becomes a pathway that celebrates the open-air environment. It emerges from the slope to hover above the bay. It steps down in tiers to trace the contour of the land, and projects into the view. The sides of this deck wrap up, while at its end a glass balustrade frames the horizon.