Parihoa by Pattersons Associates in Muriwai, New Zealand

Project: Parihoa
Architects: Pattersons Associates
Location: Muriwai, New Zealand
Area: 5,080 sf
Photographs by: Simon Devitt

Parihoa by Pattersons Associates

The Parihoa residence is a spectacular single-story dwelling located in Muriwai, New Zealand. It is placed atop a small hill surrounded by lush greenery in every direction, providing the residence with some spectacular views. It was designed by Pattersons Associates – the studio behind the designs of the Seascape Retreat in Canterbury and the Local Rock House in Auckland projects which we’ve recently showcased.

The ancient architype of The Castle as an Outpost or Fort is rarely articulated in the modern world. This New Zealand farmhouse project explores this typology by being both commanding and defensive in one form.

There is no modification to the landscape other than the sentry of the form itself. Wind and sea spray thunders up from the ocean some 60 metres below and the form wraps around to protect a circulation courtyard from the rugged and harsh coastal environment. The resulting structure defends that same environment.

A simple strategy of formal juxtapositions such as converging and expanding walls create varied spatial experiences throughout the form. An entry lobby is guarded by a portcullis to keep the sheep out and sections of the perimeter wall also pivot open unexpectedly.

The home is arranged as a series of spaces linked by way of the circulation courtyard and secret doors, discovering forms and shapes seemingly arbitrarily positioned, yet suggesting a history; a sense of transcended time. Long views across the protected courtyard end on the all persuasive horizon, moving toward the edges of the structure, the ocean and sky open up above and below, until the view’s full breadth is revealed.

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Tags: contemporary, green, landscape, modern, Muriwai, nature, New Zealand, Parihoa, Pattersons Associates, valley

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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