Set at the foot of Waitakere Ranges Regional Park near Auckland, New Zealand, surrounded by acres of native rain forest and coastline, this gabled-roof home fits elegantly into the rugged landscape. Designed by New Zealand–based Fearon Hay Architects, the Forest House blends modern and rustic architecture into a single-family residence suitable for resting, working, and enjoying the rich outdoors.
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The wood exterior is composed of large beams and pallets of native timber the clients collected from various parts of New Zealand over the years. Fearon Hay Architects transformed this patchwork of vintage material into a beautifully composed, timber-clad home.
The design team's admirable craftsmanship and attention to detail transformed these natural materials into finessed interior and outdoor living spaces. Simple volumes extend past one another, creating open spaces for cooking and lounging.
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An element of layering in the facade brings lightness to the structure. Slatted shutters can be closed for privacy and shading, or opened to engage with the natural wonders of the striking setting.
The exterior walls and shingle roof are set atop cast-in-place concrete masses. The timber facades and roof provide warmth while creating continuity between the separate buildings. The simple and elegant building volumes contain warm interiors that quietly blend into the natural surroundings.