Cherry Tree House
Mangere Bridge, Auckland, NZ
Built on a subdivided rear lot bordering the edge of Ambury Regional Park, the brief included requests for an economically lean house that should take advantage of generous northern sunshine, create a view over a distant Manukau Harbour, and achieve a generous open feeling within a small building footprint. The design response is a 'quartered' plan with one part covered court, two parts living/cooking/dining, and one part sleeping. These are all hinged around a small tower and upstairs balcony granting a view out to the harbour. Across the way a small garage/art studio formally mimics the house and helps to form a private yard for future landscaping.