The goal is to celebrate the setting and not overpower it.

Unique panoramic views framed by the Ruahine ranges, overlook award winning wineries within the Eskdale Valley of Napier. This inspired the architecture and style of this strikingly modern, five bedroom family home. Nestled into the contours of the hillside, every aspect of the design compliments the natural setting and expansive views the site delivers.

Mackit, having previously worked with the clients on an extensive renovation of their Wellington home, thoroughly understood their individual requirements and design taste. Clad in dark plaster, warm timber and seamed steel, the simplified, angular form intrigues as it emerges from the surrounding native bush. The contemporary aesthetic thoughtfully and considerately amplifies the drama of the setting.

Specifically designed architecture features allow this home to perform harmoniously, with the beautiful and harsh conditions inherent to an

East Coast hillside site. The dark outer skin protects the warm timber-clad building envelope from the elements. It creates sheltered outdoor terraces with an external staircase, that mirrors the interior. Solar studies, prevailing wind, orientation and the surrounding landscape have influenced the deliberate placement of external walls, expanses of glazing and multiple outdoor areas, so the view can be enjoyed year round and in varying conditions.

You can experience the building without actually going inside.

Each multi-level interior space, frames a particular view to support the indoor-outdoor living that the family desires. Client-specific, spatial design enhances the ability for each inhabitant to co-exist, but have seperate spaces when needed. The infinity-edge pool and large boathouse, both elegantly concealed within the land, add an additional layer of luxury whilst providing a continuation of the design language of the house.