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The Headland House

Think curved house, think curveball and the 2013 HOME Magazine Home of the Year award was just reward for the building partnership of Tomik Ltd and Steven Lawson Architects when they unearthed their expertise on the Onetangi headland.

Points for difficulty came in all manner of shapes and sizes and has created a template for anyone hoping to build outside the norm with layers of complexity.

The challenge of the curvature home on one of Auckland’s outer islands wasn’t just about the compounding radius ceiling and the endless myriad of bends and angles. Getting some of the city’s brightest building minds in the same remote place at the same time was all part of the fun.

Perched proudly on its headland, the crux of this innovative home design was to incorporate the diverse frames of the spectacular 270 degree views into a network of curved pods.

Wherever the eyes turn, a stellar view, but how does it feel inside?

From the series of vantage points, the interior cladding artfully melts into the vertical cedar exterior to create the feeling of being outside, always.

Discreetly disguised doorways aide the illusion and the ‘hidden’ passageways lead from the living spaces to other compartments.

  • Location: Onetangi Headland
  • Builder: Tomik Ltd and Steven Lawson Architects
  • NZCB Member Since: 04/03/2011

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For imagination and theory to become reality, it took 22 months, 14 different profiles of cedar cladding and a team of as many dedicated professionals. The result is an award-winning masterpiece.