Double Courtyard

Te Arai

Beach House
Te Arai, Aotearoa  New Zealand
Status ︎ Under Construction

The Double Courtyard House is a hybrid building type that merges two pavilions of contrasting character.

Set at different levels to follow the contours of the land, the house is both solid and hunkered into the dunes, while being permeable and continuous with the wider coastal landscape.

Two courtyards embody the character of the pavilion they are set within.

Filippo Bolognese ImagesThe private courtyard is contained, and the planting appears like a fragment of the outside dunes caught within the building.

In contrast, the front courtyard is open and operable, allowing it to read as an extension to the rooms located around its perimeter.