Designed by Patterson Associates Ltd, Local Rock House, Waiheke Island is located in New Zealand. This design creates the New Zealand residence for an expatriate family. Its site on a steep East facing coastal escarpment just above a pohutukawa fringed white sand beach and is accessed by a beachfront lane below.
A rock mass forms a bridge to exploit both the sea frontage and limited Westerly light. Under this, the living area nestles into the escarpment contrasting an intimate living terrace to the North-East with a grotto-like western courtyard. Bedroom areas are grouped above as finely scaled louvred lookouts at the canopy level of the pohutukawas.