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Navigation Drive

126 Navigation Drive, Whitby, Porirua, New Zealand
126 Navigation Drive Porirua Wellington 5024 NZ

The house is on a steep site at the head of a gully. Most of the site could not be built on due to council drain easements and reserves. The design is for the house to hover over, rather than be dug into the hillside, allowing daylight and natural ventilation to all sides. The main floor of the house sits over a concrete block garage/entry base. It wraps itself around a stand of Kanuka, at tree canopy height which can be viewed from all bedrooms and living spaces. The house is clad with steel on the more defensive street side, while it opens up on the other with dark timber cladding. The living room dramatically cantilevers out over the garage and council drains ending with views down the gulley to the Pāuatahanui Inlet.

Building type:
Single-family residential
Project phase:
Under construction
Certification type:
Passive House Classic
Year of construction:
Treated floor area:

Team members

Business Role
Robertson Architects Architect/Designer
Qualmax Construction Contractor/Builder
Energy Architecture NZ Passive House Designer/Consultant
Sustainable Engineering Passive House Certifier

Project suppliers

Suppliers Supplied products
Enveloped/Neuffer Windows
Edge Innovation Ventilation/Heating
Resene Paint