Situated on an elevated site that enjoys expansive views of Lake Wanaka and the alpine mountains beyond, the home is designed to maximise its location.
External openings are generous and elongated to frame the wide vistas and accentuate the exterior’s vertical Cedar weatherboards. The house’s V shaped footprint twists the living end of the house to create privacy from the nearby busy road while framing views to the distant South-West mountains. The angled footprint combines with different roof angles to produce a dynamic architectural response to a strong landscape setting.
Designed with the needs of a young family in mind, the construction focuses on thermal efficiency to provide a comfortable internal environment year round with minimal heating requirements. The combination of airtight construction, high performance insulation and heat recovery ventilation lead to a home that, once completed, should consume less than 1/2 the energy requirements of a typical new house. A double height space above the kitchen and full height North facing window allows the sun to reach deep into the house over the winter months and a heated concrete floor will keep small toes warm.