Located within the Tara-iti golf resort to the south of the Mangawhai estuary, and bordering the beachfront to the north of Te Arai Point, the property provides commanding views over the surrounding golf links, dunes and distant sea views towards the Hen and Chicken Islands and Whangarei Heads.
r+m's landscape design vision for this stunning residence was to ensure the existing ‘wild and untamed sand dune landscape’ was not compromised amongst the various proposed built forms. The design ensures the dunes form the principle landscape element that fold into and wrap around the site to complement the various spaces and create sense of ‘living within the dunes’.
Design elements include a sunken fire pit embedded within the sand, private spa deck, sculptures, subtle amenity lighting and a private mini golf green and links that form a rich vibrant blanket of green between the house and dunes.
Plants were carefully selected for their sculptural, seasonal variation and ecological benefits. The range of native plant species are suitable and tolerant to coastal conditions – sea breezes and sandy coastal soils. The dune system and mass native planting will also provide habitat for local invertebrate and native bird species.
The selection of materials, colour and textures all provide a connection with the site's surroundings and the wider landscapes, whilst complementing the architectural interior/exterior of the residence.