A Study of Straight Lines and Color Contrasts Near Auckland

Text by Parsonson Architects

Veil house is a multi-generational family home located in near Auckland, New Zealand, spanning three levels with a garage situated underneath.

The bedrooms are located upstairs, offering stunning views of the sea and Rangitoto Island, while the living areas are located downstairs. A self-contained family flat can be found between the garage and upper bedrooms.

The floor level is designed to follow the natural slope of the land, with beams supporting the upper level leading out to the rear garden. The kitchen and living spaces surround a large outdoor covered room that opens onto the sunny rear garden and pool area. Living spaces are nestled into the garden.

The base of the building is constructed with concrete block and timber, which is then covered with a brick skin. The upper levels are wrapped in timber cladding and slatting, providing both privacy from neighbours and unobstructed views.

The slatting above the family and outdoor living areas offers shade during the day and creates patterns of shadow and light that change throughout the day. The colour palette is mostly calm, with bright accents appearing in the joinery, artwork, and furniture. 

Sustainability is a priority in the construction of the Veil House. The structure and exterior cladding are primarily made of timber, with steel used for larger spans and openings. Insulation levels exceed standard code requirements.

The house is equipped with a large 10kW array of solar panels on the roof, with excess energy being used to heat a large hot water cylinder, which acts as a battery. The remaining energy is fed into the grid with provisions made for future battery and electric car connections.

The bedrooms have heat recovery ventilation, ensuring fresh air and comfortable temperatures year-round. Additionally, a 30,000-litre water storage tank is located under the garden, collecting rainwater from the roof for exterior taps and the swimming pool.

A large electrically operated vertically sliding double hung sliding window in the entry space providing good ventilation, pulling in cool low garden air and releasing it out the top on hot days.

Photos by David Straight