The loggia linking, opening on one or both sides, providing complete flexibility from wind and sun, also leads the journey through the house from entry courtyard (with cantilevered study in the “tail”) to guest lobby, the moment of pause for the grand view, and through to the entertaining areas to one side, or family rooms the other, culminating in the pergola under Coronet Peak.
Seasonal climatic extremes have shaped the overall concept. The linear forms maximise the northern exposure for passive heat control. Glass is restricted except to the north where eaves and large timber screens can moderate heat gain or night-time loss.Pergola, courtyards and loggia create flexible solutions of veranda, heat-sink and windbreaks.
The zinc shell is peeled open to reveal a softer timber layer set back under the eaves. This references the landscape as the golden tussocks against schist rock outcrops. The zinc is maintenance-free and all timbers, including the floor, are oiled.
Award 2008 NZIA Local Award for Architecture