This is a beach house for a family of five by Parsonson Architects. It was intended that the house create a story of passage from suburbia to the beach and the horizon beyond.

Manly Street Beach House in New Zealand by Parsonson Architects in architecture  Category

From the street the house appears as a slightly adhoc arrangement of separated forms, with fibre cement sheet boxes anchored to the ground and lighter forms floating around the side, leading to the beach.

Manly Street Beach House in New Zealand by Parsonson Architects in architecture  Category

The living area is a raised pavillion from which to enjoy the hot summers and views of the sea. Metaphors related to the location are threaded through the design.

Manly Street Beach House in New Zealand by Parsonson Architects in architecture  Category

These are present as you pass through or stay in the house, adding a resonance that is not necessarily fully discovered.

Manly Street Beach House in New Zealand by Parsonson Architects in architecture  Category