Minimal Impact Island Retreat Rakino

As a new build on isolated Rakino Island, a key objective was to ensure minimal impact on the treasured landscape. Positioned on a knoll above West Bay, the residence faces south-west to best capture the rocky outcrop of the Three Sisters, the bay below and the Hauraki Gulf beyond.

Consisting of two low-set and unimposing pavilions, this contemporary holiday home is constructed using efficient building materials that reflect the casual lifestyle of its owners. In situ concrete, hardwood timber and glass are used extensively, yet there is a proportion to the home that makes it graceful and weightless.

The layout is effortless and simple, with one pavilion containing the living, kitchen and dining, while the other has two bedrooms each with an en suite. There is a half-step between the pavilions so that the flat roof of the higher pavilion extends above the other, effecting a sense of connection.

Considerable decking, sliding glass doors coupled with perfectly placed windows and sarked-cedar ceilings, frame the sweeping sea views like works of art.

A difficult build on a remote site did not hinder the outcome; a beautiful piece of contemporary architecture, modern, stylish and uncomplicated.

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