The Additions to the Clifftop House


Photographer: Sam Hartnett

The additions to the clifftop house are a horizontal spreading along the cliff, embracing the maritime approach to Tāmaki Makaurau from northern approaches, past Rangitoto Island to North Head.

The original house is a lantern like staircase within a collection of stacked cubes tumbling down the cliff.

A single-storey dining room volume embraces an existing pohutukawa tree and connects the earlier building to a new two storey cube-like addition revolving around a double-height entry.

A new linking axis from the existing kitchen, through the dining room, entry and living room reorientates the house toward the sun and a new garden.

The construction mimics that of the existing house; stone on concrete inside and out, hand-finished plaster walls, and beautifully made elements of swamp kauri and nickel-coated steel.


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