Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga
Mount pleasant house site visit

Mount Pleasant House

Under construction, Christchurch

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Residential Process

Situated in a rural setting on the hillside in the coastal suburb of Mount Pleasant, the site for this new home naturally faces due east. The vast landscape marked by the tones of sand and dry summer grass inform the material palette for HMOA's design.

The house is deliberately skewed to capture the view towards Moncks Bay and the ruins of the iconic Rapanui Rock (Shag Rock) in the background, while creating protected outdoor space.

Simple forms have been arranged to touch the ground lightly allowing the landscape to pass through and under. A rugged outer materiality of pale grey profiled steel and natural macrocarpa reinforces the reference to a rural vernacular.

To combat the coastal winds, the floor plan is split to provide some shelter to a central deck. Acting as both the arrival point to the house and an outdoor room, this space has an arrangement of screened sliding doors to allow maximum flexibility in this ever-changing coastal environment.

Photos from an HMOA site visit: Russ Kleyn