Kauri house

 Kauri House - SpiceBuild

Built in Eastbourne and designed by UPOKO Architects, this new seaside home is an example of unique architecture that SpiceBuild is experienced in delivering.

Expertly crafted, the cedar clad design brings natural light into the home and offers both sky and hill views.

Housing Category Winner at the 2023 Wellington Architecture Awards. Housing Winner at the New Zealand Architecture Awards 2023.

Kauri House received a Gold Award and was the Regional Category Winner at the Registered Master Builders 2023 House of the Year competition. The project also accomplished Top 100 National Finalist status.


Elevated on a sand dune, the compact form of this beachside home hovers over an outdoor courtyard perimeter wall, featuring playful opening portholes



With views out to Wellington city and Ward Island, this home is perfectly positioned to capture all day sun along with amazing beach front views.


This home has a great interior feel while connecting to the amazing sea views. On a windy Wellington day, sheltered courtyards with customised adjustable cedar screens can be found. 


Stone island bench top creates a central focus point to this beachside home.


Careful planning of this home to capture sea views but remain private, were a success.


Careful consideration has been taken on this project with quality finishing materials selected and designed for the challenges of the oceanside environment. Cedar and James Hardie Titan board were the preferred choices for the exterior cladding.

Three periscope-style popups point in different directions and give the house its distinctive form.

"It's like a giant sun dial inside," Warren says. "At no point will the sun stream into a room to a level where it's uncomfortable." There are no blinds because the light has been so carefully calculated. HERE No.19

Kauri House balances views, privacy and a raft of sculptural details 


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