Boat Sheds by Strachan Group Architects & Rachael Rush
Boat Sheds is a contemporary residential project designed by Strachan Group Architects & Rachael Rush which is located in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
The three-stepped gables of these black “boat sheds” appropriately reference the boating and beach culture of the location which is on a constrained, compact urban site just a couple of feet away from Takapuna Beach.
The sliding forms reveal a solution beyond the standard connotations of a home.
From the architects: “The corner site, challenged by two 5m front yards and the blunt presence of a three-storey neighbour hard on the North-West boundary, stimulated an approach of layered complexity with ample transparency to capture light, sun and glimpses of the pohutukawa and baiting ocean.
Simplicity of the exterior form is contrasted by the highly crafted timber interior, exhibiting the skilled artistry of the builder. A diverse succession of multi-connected spaces create a threaded flow of movement, whilst each maintains a distinct and sequestered quality.
The house opens and closes in response to shifts in weather and programme, with walls that lift, fall, slide, fold, shut down or disappear. This is a house with intent to engage the viewer, the viewed and the operator with sense and intrigue.”