Hekerua Bay Residence by Archimedia
Despite the Hekerua Bay residence being located in New Zealand, the ethos behind the design actually comes from Mediterranean culture and to be more precise, Cypriot heritage.
A collaboration between the agency Archimedia and a client, the open property is located above a rocky cove on an elevated promontory at the western entrance to a double bay on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.
A structural engineer by trade with an affinity for concrete, the client sourced travertine – a colour from his childhood reflective of the clay-coloured sandstone – the core material for the structure.
The site is a series of platforms for living, aligned with the oblique contour, with a cubist pool of water part embedded, part exposed on the west edge.
The residence includes a master suite, a reading room, a second guest suite and studio – all of which are suspended above the platforms, with the space between remaining open for human interaction.
Comprised of four elements – a specific material sensibility, a stylishly engineered concrete shell structure, the inclined topography of the location and forms of the old neighbouring concrete buildings – the Hekerua Bay Residence is truly a collaboration worth living in.