Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga
Redcliffs House front view
Recliffs House entry

Redcliffs House

Under construction, Christchurch

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On the edge of Te Rae Kura (The Red Glowing Headland), HMOA's design for this new beach house in Redcliffs embraces the red volcanic rock of the area, from which the name is derived.

A solid base provides elevation and protection from the estuary. The sculptural nature of the exterior breaks the overall scale of the two-level form with a material palette of cedar and stainless steel.

An entry courtyard carved out to provide shelter from the easterly also provides glimpses to the water view beyond. Natural materials have been selected to encourage a warm patina over time and to respect this unique setting.