Trends New Zealand Volume 34 No 4 - Page 78

Previous pages: A fence depicting Mt Taranaki provides an excellent clue to the location of this home by Boon Team Architects. The architectural fins and slats on the street facade provide privacy for internal rooms and match the orientation of the picket fence and cedar cladding. Above: The fixed fins, seen here over the front entry, are etched with topographical lines of the area – another example of the family home’s connection to its setting. search | save | share at Some homes look like they’ve simply been plonked on a site while others feel like they’re a direct response to their surroundings. Right from the street, you know that this New Plymouth home – designed by architect Murali Bhaskar of Boon Team Architects – is all about engaging with its setting. The picket fence includes a graphic of Mount Taranaki while the facade’s large architectural fins are etched with topographical lines of the area. “The owners are timber suppliers to the building industry and had clear ideas on what they required from their home, and even project managed it all themselves,” Bhaskar says. “They wanted the residence to showcase the great views and have a relaxed, coastal feel. They both had fond memories of living in this area before and had waited for a suitable site on this street with views to Pukekura Park and the ocean.” In terms of functionality, the home had to make a street statement and include four bed- rooms, an office, laundry, a four-car garage, a guest bathroom, four outdoor living spaces, an outdoor fire, spa pool and even a roof deck. Seen together, the fins, fence and timber cladding on the wall and garage door reflect a