We are delighted to have received a 2021 NZIA Wellington Architecture Award in the housing category for the Peka Peka Escape project.
Nestled amongst the dunes on the Kāpiti Coast, the Peka Peka Escape's simple form and elongated pitched roof echo the surrounding landscape. Materials and construction were selected with a nod to the traditional kiwi bach, but the end result is a comfortable contemporary dwelling.
NZIA Judges noted:
Shifting the entry from the position dictated by the original subdivision was a key design move for the success of this project. From between two dunes, an angled boardwalk leads the way to a bach, with views to the lake gradually revealed. The play between a strong, low-slung gable roof form and exterior walls that step and angle below, creates a variety of outdoor spaces that provide shelter from sun and wind. An extra dimension is added to the simple floor plan by stepping down into private bedroom spaces. Cedar boarding is carried though into the interior which, combined with exposed timber beams, creates texture, colour and rhythm.
Builder: Custom Homes.
Find out more about the project here.