From the road, the eastern face of the house will appear a low-slung dark silhouette, gently and effortlessly tapering out at each end.  A combination of dark plaster and dark cedar form the shell and inner skin of the building. The folded origami-like roof echoes the ranges, and assists in blending the house into the gently undulating landscape.

Its North West aspect, while offering incredible views to the Tararua Ranges, leaves it hugely exposed to the prevailing NW wind. With minimal surrounding shelter, a conventional design was not going to cut it in these exposed conditions. The solution was to design a building with a series of angled pop outs along its long western face. These not only give shelter from both sun and wind, but the careful placement of glazing means that views to the north aren’t blocked – even at the south-western end of the home.

The private master suite will enjoy spectacular views to the NW, while the ensuite, which forms the dramatic northern point of the building, will also capture views to the eastern hills.

 The sophisticated blonde oak kitchen forms the heart of the home, surrounded by a dining area, and living rooms on either side. These enter out to either North, or West orientated outdoor areas, one of which is fully covered, with sliding slat screens for extra wind protection, and a built-in outdoor kitchen. The pool enjoys shelter from the western end of the house. At the south-eastern corner of the house, a semi-self contained wing, connected to the main space by a rumpus/family room, allows for longer-term guests to be comfortably accommodated. Extensive work has gone in to designing state-of-the-art automated ‘Smart Home’ features, as well as multiple other heating, cooling and ventilation systems, and solar power.