Designed by Ron Sang in 1977 for the late Brian Brake who celebrated as one of NZ’s internationally-outstanding photographers.
The Brake House has been recognised by DOCOMOMO New Zealand as being among the top 20 modern buildings, sites and neighbourhoods. The house is well documented as one of New Zealand’s most important modern buildings, and is an important example of the work of leading architect Ron Sang. Allan Wild, former Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Auckland, wrote an entry in the recent publication ‘Long Live the Modern’ in which he discussed the building and its architect:
The site had been found for him by Wellington photographer Spencer Digby, who had apprenticed him. Sculptor Guy Ngan introduced Brake to Auckland architect Ron Sang, who proceeded to design the house by correspondence with Brake over six months, with eighteen revisions. The result was a brilliant combination of spaces and places of exquisite quality and beauty, designed for the Waitakere bush, but including a distant outlook to the city. The house is in two distinct parts, sleeping and entertaining, linked by a glass bridge. Most of it is only one room wide. Protruding from the main linear form are a deck, supported on a single post, and a glass-walled tatami room, reflecting Brake’s love of Asia.
Notes above from Council Heritage Assessment of the Brake House.
Open Home … fingers are crossed ! …
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