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Life on the edge of New Zealand’s largest city

Wine making, carpentry, animal husbandry and raising kids – a West Auckland family needed a home that could stand up to their active lifestyle.

Tucked into the bush-clad foothills of the Waitakere Ranges, the Forest House by Fearon Hay paints a picture of a rural lifestyle on the edge of the city. The owners grow their own vegetables, butcher their own meat and make their own wine, and have built a house and workshop fit to handle their young and active family. Part-farm house, part-manor house, the assembly has a timelessness enhanced by classic forms and natural materials.

Twin gables create an elegant language of rain-shedding roofs. Their wide eaves and verandas recall other Pacific Rim architectures – the generous roof canopies of traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, and the light-weight thatched roofs of the Pacific Islands. They speak of shelter, protection and enclosure – a foil to the surrounding rainforest, the beating sun, heavy rain, and year-round westerlies blowing in from the Tasman Ocean.

Read the full story in Habitus issue #34, available now.

Photography by Simon Wilson

Styling by Amelia Holmes

Forest House | Habitus Living

Forest House | Habitus Living

Forest House | Habitus Living

Forest House | Habitus Living

Forest House | Habitus Living

Forest House | Habitus Living

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