Eco Chic | House on Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Designed by New Zealand-based Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, this wooden home on the Great Barrier Island north east of Auckland, New Zealand is built on stilts and elevated for flood protection. The sun is used for passive heating, electricity and solar hot water heating, and with its stilt foundation, the home makes a light impact on the site.
The home is built on a beautiful site surrounded with large Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives. A foundation of stilts raise the main living area of the home off the ground by one meter and in case of major flooding, the home would hopefully be above the high water mark and remain safe. The home lifts in order to reflect the rise of a hill off to the west of the home and the living area is completely open with large floor to ceiling windows of low e glass.
During the summer, the windows slide open to take advantage of the natural breezes and temperate climate. The winter sun likewise helps the home stay warm as it shines in through the large windows and a beautifully designed fireplace provides some heat when the temperatures drop. A solar hot water system on the roof provides plenty of hot water for the home and its many guests, and a photovoltaic system provides electricity.