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Architecture January, 30 2014

Foothills House by Strachan Group Architects

Set on the slopes south of the Bombay Hills in Auckland, New Zealand, Foothills House by Strachan Group Architects is a large country house built for a family of five. Following the natural land contour, the residence is anchored into the slope just below the crest to protect against the area’s strong south-westerly wind. The two elongated shed-like pavilions define the living areas from the bedrooms with an internal garden courtyard linking the two. Materials used in their raw state further accentuate the natural landscape; the base of the building is of natural stack bonded concrete block with a steel structured lightweight roof umbrella suspended over glazed walls.

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