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Elevated high above the Mangawhai coast in New Zealand, this holiday house by Studio John Irving Architects is shaped like a dart, coming to an elegantly attenuated point that creates a strong, sculptural form in the landscape.
Hugging the contours of the hill’s ridge, The Dart has retracting sliding doors to either side of the building to open a breezeway, breaking up its form and creating incredible views over the ocean and hills. The boundaries between inside and the expansive outdoor deck are further blurred by the architect’s use of the same timber battens on the interior and exterior. The central area, designed as a social space, contains the kitchen and an open living area which creates flow between the two wings and embraces the surrounding scenery of the remarkable Breamtail region.