Architect: Scarlet Architects
Located on the dune front at Omaha Beach, the Tua Tua Lane house was built for a family as a weekend getaway. Split into three distinct parts – the main house, screened carport and boat garage, each building shares the same exterior materials and elements for a unified look. Durable and corrosion resistant materials were specified to stand up to the harsh coastal environment. The main house structure is laminated macrocarpa post and beam with cedar bevel back weatherboard cladding. Cedar sun shade devices and operable shutters are extensively featured throughout the project.
In the interior, hoop pine plywood walls and ceilings are installed with a negative detail between panels and macrocarpa structural elements. Interior floors are a combination of exposed aggregate polished concrete and Jarrah hardwood flooring. Jarrah built in cabinetry features in the kitchen, living area and hallway along with Jarrah interior doors and frames. The bathrooms all feature built in stainless steel and Jarrah cabinetry, woven mesh fronted cupboard doors, frameless glass shower panels and tiled wet walls. The Tua Tua Lane house received a NZIA Auckland Branch Local Award for Architecture in 2005 and a NZIA National Award for Architecture in 2006.