Seaside stunner

  • Build & Renovate
  • Hot Homes
  • September 4, 2019
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This coastal creation called Chain Mail has ignored convention and in doing so, resulted in a unique seaside dwelling.


Located on a small, complex site at Mt Maunganui, Chain Mail is the creative work of Adam Taylor of Adam Taylor Architecture.

Ignoring traditional coastal aesthetics, Adam instead embraced strong industrial structures and materials.

The home’s left corner has been wrapped in Kaynemaile amour, shielding it from the world without disturbing the outlook to the ocean.

Sculptural and practical, Kaynemaile provides a true solar screen, while its interlinking nature gives it an ever-changing appearance.

The home won the Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm Architectural Design Award at the 2018 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Judge’s said the recessed decks, cantilevering roofs and projected floor levels create a strong spatial composition.

“Set on a small site, the plan is simple and efficient, yet flexible.

“Some cladding of the house is brick which provides a soft finish in contrast to the dark painted fibre cement panels elsewhere. The Kaynemaile gives the design a special identity.”

Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Astrid Andersen, said the Bay of the Plenty has once again delivered some exceptional designs worthy of extreme praise.

“Adam’s design is a shift away from the usual beachside home. It is industrial, bold and the use of Kaynemaile is exciting to see.”


Award: Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm Architectural Design Award.
Winner: Chain Mail, Adam Taylor, Adam Taylor Architecture.
Location: Mt Maunganui.
Description: Located on a small site in a coastal setting, Adam has ignored traditional coastal aesthetics, instead the design embraces strong industrial structures and materials.
Judges’ comments: Recessed decks, cantilevering roofs and projected floor levels create a strong spatial composition. Set on a small site, the plan is simple and efficient, yet flexible. Some cladding of the house is brick which provides a soft finish in contrast to the dark painted fibre cement panels elsewhere.



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