Cabin Fever: Korora House / Daniel Marshall Architects
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I don’t even want to attempt to put words to the Korora House in fear I will not do it justice. Designed by Daniel Marshall, Mike Hartley and Karamia Muller of New Zealand based firm Daniel Marshall Architects this stunner was nominated for 2010 Home of the Year and it doesn’t take long to see why.
The Korora House is situated alongside the contour of a ridge that runs between the Hauraki Gulf and the pastoral landscape of Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand. The design blends into the ridge while capitalizing on the stunning view at hand.
Entrance into the minimalist house is made via a southern courtyard that provides shelter from the the dominant wind. The featured landscape wall is made up of “clad local colored stones that splay out from the primary plan form, providing a point of entry to the house, and allowing for the excavation that drops the garage below the ground line.”
Crafted from masonry inspired by the gun emplacements of Stoney Batter and a combination of cedar, marble and plywood the homes color palette blends into the serene landscape which is evident when just about every inch of this home opens to the outdoors.
And I imagine a few hours are logged just out the back door seeing that the steps out the backdoor will put you out on a picturesque wooden deck that houses a medium sized swimming pool that appears to blend into the horizon cascading out into Hauraki Gulf off the South Pacific.