Cockle Bay House

A residential house in Cockle Bay, Auckland, designed by Jeremy Kingan Architect.

Cockle Bay House


The cockle bay house is an experiment in solidity and transparency, of cantilever and counterbalance. The ground floor is a 10m square divided by a gallery. Half the square is solid and half transparent. One end of the gallery is a glass box thrust through a stone wall, the other a private deck projecting over a valley.

The upper floor is a pair of trusses cantilevered over the entry wall allowing a clear-spanning floor and roof. The simplistic attitude to structure, combined with a blend of traditional and modern materials, succeeds in providing a range of spaces  that allow a flexibility in use.