Earnestly perched upon a lush green hill 225m above the shore and built on the original cattle tablelands high above the Pakiri coast north of Auckland, is the aptly named ‘Crossing’ house. Paul Clarke from Studio2 Architects was commissioned to design the private home, thoughtfully exploring the project with an ambitious zeal. The client’s brief drew inspiration from the folds and form of a Gemma Smith sculpture, rich in geometry enveloping the natural crystalline formations Smith’s work is so acclaimed for.The aspect of Gemma’s sculptures alter dramatically depending on the viewer’s position- Clarke’s masterful approach embodies this in The Crossing’s architecture, capturing a new facet as the perimeter is explored. The layout is illustrated with two central axes. A moody north-south facing corridor channelling through the heart of the structure and another intersecting the house east to west. The convergence emphasises the division of ‘dark’ bedrooms and ‘light’ living spaces. The contrast was an integral design element and achieved through the subtleties of considered illumination.

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