Hinton House


New Plymouth

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  • Architecture
The contemporary design carefully incorporates cedar, plaster and stone.

Situated on the edge of the busy waterfront, this striking coastal inner city home captures the essence of contemporary architecture.

With the Tasman Sea and coastal walkway only meters away and dwellings hard on either boundary, building parameters were clear. Options were explored in order to maximise the stunning narrow site for the client’s desired living.

The open plan home offers uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling glazing, displaying the vast sea views beyond. The home also offers indoor-outdoor flow and multiple sheltered external living spaces, for use in differing types of wind on the exposed coast.

The north façade is slightly angled. This sets the house apart from the regular layout of street face and allows the home to attain more solar gain in the colder months.  The contemporary design features include cedar, plaster and stone, with a vertical exterior screen on the first floor. This provides both privacy and shelter from the sun without compromising any available views. When moving into the house a double-height perforated aluminium screen is the key feature in the entry, which filters ambient light throughout the hallway where natural light is limited.

All spaces within the house open onto the extensive tropical garden and alfresco dining spaces, with the stone cladding continuing onto the terrace and the outside bench seats.