Architect: Architex NZ, Auckland
Structural Engineer: Jackson Clapperton & Partners, Avondale
Builder: Ultra Commercial Construction Ltd, Auckland
Litecrete lightweight precast cladding panels were specified by architect ANDRE HODGSKIN, of ARCHITEX NZ, for a futuristic-styled residence on top of the hill at Matakana. The site is down a 2 km private road off the main highway and the house sits on an exposed ridge with a 360 degree panorama. The steep road to the building platform was challenging for the truck and trailer units in delivering the precast panels.
The texture on the external face of the Litecrete panels was provided by casting the panels on to vertical bandsawn timber planks, with a timber batten between each plank. The battens mimicked the sealed vertical panel joints.