New Zealand Seaside Settlement Paetawa House by Parsonson Architects


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Located at Pekapeka Beach, this small seaside settlement – Paetawa House is designed by New Zealand based Parsonson Architects.

Paetawa House Living Room


Paetawa House Bathroom

Paetawa House floor plan

This small one bedroom house is located at Pekapeka Beach, a small seaside settlement an hours drive north of Wellington City. It rests on gently undulating dune lands, facing northwest, looking across the road and lower dunes out to the Tasman Sea and Kapiti Island to the west.

It is intended for the house to both relate to the horizontality of this landscape and also be at odds with it, as if it had been left there, or washed up.

The exterior is composed of a rhythm of painted fibre cement panels. Elements of wall, roof beam, roof layers and brise soleil are expressed separately, with light entering in places in between. There is a sense of horizontal and vertical layering, and metaphorically a sense of dislocation or decomposition of parts, as if a creature or construction had been left high and dry above the tide. – from Parsonson Architects


NZIA New Zealand Award 2005
NZIA Local Award 2004
NZIA Colour Award 2005
Metropolitan Glass Awards Finalist 2004
Home & Entertainment Home of the Year Finalist 2004

Visit Parsonson Architects website for more details about their Paetawa House design idea.

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