Te Arai

Private Residence
Te Arai, Aotearoa  New Zealand
Status ︎ Documentation

This steeply sloping rural site is populated by a casual composition of structures that anchor a broader landscape of events, regeneration, production, and reflection.

A kit of parts

Living spaces are equally divided and centred in the plan, while bedrooms are expressed as large brick volumes that frame the living core. This gives the house a real sense of depth and presence in the landscape despite its modest size.


The house has a dual character. From afar it appears like any other rural building in the landscape, while revealing a more expressive and refined series of details and spaces on closer inspection

A timber grid divides and defines the proportions of various settings for living while maintaining open and operable connections between them.