Far away from home, big timbers and site-specific design are still relevant. Custom architectural details such as the steel cross on the exterior give a lightness to the seemingly heavy timber structure. Situated on top of a hill that overlooks both a recreational reserve and a picturesque lake, the occupants of this residence do not have to look far to find nature. Two courtyards drive this project into multiple wings that gradually step up the grade. A grand living and kitchen capture views from the floor to ceiling glass windows yet find themselves grounded with elements of natural stone and warm woods. A master suite is complemented by a serene pond and limitless views. Walk through the interior to the exterior seamlessly and gaze up the hill – there – a lookout tower? Curiosity draws you into another wing of the house. A “bothy” as the New Zealanders call it or a “Mother in law” apartment in American terms stands as a staple portion of the house. The “bothy” offers a comfortable living quarter and offers a unique bar situated at the top of the tower that gazes over the land. Ultimately this residence offers a dichotomy to the New Zealand norm without sacrificing the landscape and views that make it so unique.
Location: Kinloch, New Zealand
Completion Date: 2024