Shirley Road, Parau

This unique eco-home in the Waitakere ranges was conceptualised as a series of ‘tents’ positioned to optimise the site’s unique coastal and bush location. The concept was also driven by the client’s daily activities and their use of specific areas of the house at different times of the day.

Each tent has a specific function: eating, living, sleeping, playing, and bathing. The ‘greeting tent’ is the gateway to the ‘living tent’, the ‘sleeping tent’ and the ‘winter tent’. Timber slatted linkways provide for directional movement and link the main tents. The living and sleeping tents frame fantastic harbour views.

Strong environmental principles and sustainability were major design concerns from the initial concept stage. Timber was sourced from sustainably managed forests. Tents are orientated towards the sun and the in-between spaces provide sheltered courtyards Cedar louvres naturally ventilate the spaces.

Under floor heated polished concrete slabs provide the main space-heating for the house which is powered by a low energy heat pump. High levels of insulation and thermal breaks retain the sun’s warmth into the night and protect the house from overheating in summer.

Low energy fixtures are incorporated including movement sensors for lighting the walkways. A self sustaining ‘Enviro’ salt water swimming pool and a ‘Wormorator’ septic system reinforce the home’s eco-nature.

The ever-present rain in the Waitakeres is harvested in three tanks for use in the house, the pool and the sprinkler system. Water is heated using a low energy heat pump.
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“Concrete” — annacrowberry
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