Daughter, of residences David and Christine, Amanda built this home for her parents retirement and additional generations to come. This organic seaside New Zealand home was inspired by her academic research of precolonial Maori structures that were partly built into the land.  “Somewhere between architecture and landscape” this abode is built into the hills of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Being close with her parents, Amanda knew that they would embrace her, so you say, unorthodox design. This compact two-bedroom house contrasts a cavelike enclosure on one end with a openness on the other side.

The Maori inspired design is dear to Amanda’s heart as her dad comes from Maori ancestry. The decision to use concrete walls is a direct reference to the early Maori dwellings while other parts of the house are clear cut European design, such as the sliding glass doors.

Amanda’s attention to landscape and success of using cross-cultural architecture are just a few of her great qualities as an architect. Her greatest quality is knowing how to make a house a home. The knowledge of needed character and flare have brought this home meaning. And there is a Maori word for this kind of permanence: “turangawaewae,” which means “a place to stand.” A home cannot be without the land it stands on.

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