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Whitby, Porirua 5024, New Zealand
68 Exploration Way Porirua Wellington 5024 NZ

Wheelhaus is located on the hills overlooking Whitby, Porirua

The four-bedroom home sits on a long section, with its narrowest boundaries to the north and south. This required careful consideration of form and window placement, to maximise daylight and take advantage of the site’s stunning northerly views. These design goals are achieved through dynamic facade angles, which also reflect the contours of the surrounding topography.

The house is clad in metallic light grey aluminium evoking a rocky outcrop on the hillside. Interior finishes, in natural colours and materials, include timber flooring and timber-alu joinery. Large sliding doors connect the living space with a generous covered deck area, continuing the home’s visual and physical connections to its surroundings.

Building type:
Single-family residential
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Certification type:
Passive House Classic
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Team members

Business Role
VIA architecture Ltd Architect/Designer
North Face Construction Contractor/Builder
VIA architecture Ltd (Elrond Burrell) Passive House Designer/Consultant
Sustainable Engineering (Jason Quinn) Passive House Certifier
King & Dawson Architects & Engineers Structural Engineer

Project suppliers

Suppliers Supplied products
Knauf Insulation Earthwool insulation
Pro Clima New Zealand Airtight membranes and tapes
Fantech Nz Ltd Zehnder ventilation system
Ullrich Aluminium UltraClad
FT-Vilstal GmbH Batimet windows