Kissed by Sun, Screened by Pohutukawa, Designed by Architecture Bureau
The Screened by Pohutukawa residence, designed by Evan Mayo of New Zealand’s Architecture Bureau sounds mystical and otherworldly. In reality, it’s a former beach house, on Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, which derives its name from the beautiful variety of local tree that screens its entrance. The 135 square-meter estate started out as a single-bedroom family holiday home, but eventually morphed into a more ample project, with flexible, open, luminous spaces and three bedrooms. It is secluded and special, built for leisure and pleasure, and featuring a superbly generous view over the Pacific Ocean from the living room and master bedroom. The covered outdoor living area connects the new structure with the old cottage, expands the spaces designed for entertainment outside and allows family and visitors alike to reap the benefits of clean oceanfront air. The interiors are dominated by the warm color of the light tone hardwood flooring. There is a contemporary-looking fireplace in the living room, an open kitchen with cabinets and an island counter, and a dining area centered around a rustic table, with modern chairs in transparent plastic. Outside, recessed lights tucked into the concrete staircase create a magical atmosphere, much like fireflies would. Vegetation is sparse, like in any coastal region, but this only helps highlight the lavish Pohutukawa tree by the entrance.
Architecture Bureau is a practice based in Hamilton, New Zealand, that specializes in design and is committed to achieving innovation in architecture. Their retail and residential projects are characterized by minimalist simplicity and a highly flexible contemporary flair. The designers, helmed by Evan Mayo, are involved in all stages of the building process and work closely with contractors, in order to ensure the completion of top quality structures.