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Cora House by Bonnifait + Giesen – Atelierworkshop

Perched on a bush covered steep slope overlooking Hekerua Bay on the northern side of Waiheke Island, the Cora House prefab bach looks like more of a shelter than a living space.

Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen – Atelierworkshop
Location: Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Photographs: Russell Kleyn

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Following the natural contours of the site, the building is separated into 3 modules separated by courtyard areas: two small bedroom pods and a central living, dining and kitchen pod with decks between them.

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A services spine runs along the southern edge of the house incorporating the water tanks and the “solar foil” which provides the majority of the energy needs of the building.

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With an idyllic view but a fiendishly difficult site on NZ’s Waiheke Island, architects Atelierworkshop pushed the envelope on sustainability whilst delivering a high level of beauty.

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