The beach house of Auckland designer Dean Poole and his family is nestled among the dense native bushland of the Waitakere Ranges, emerging from the vertical terrain to sit among the treetops. Designed by Stevens Lawson Architects, the house rejoices in a sense of isolation, tucked away in the wilderness.
Taking such joy in simplicity, Karekare is deeply connected to the natural environment in which it rests lightly. Celebrating its sense of isolation from human intervention, the project fulfils its mission to create a quintessentially New Zealand experience of both landscape and habitation.
A desire to connect with the natural landscape and provide an “authentic New Zealand experience” for their children drew Dean Poole and Kristen Dudson to the slice of land on the hillside, which they purchased in 2011.
This interstitial space allows for a relatively unmediated connection with the natural environment, but as one moves inside, the