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The glass pavilion living space allows you to see right through the house out to the view.
The glass pavilion living space allows you to see right through the house out to the view.
The curved roof lifts to frame the view and hunkers down at each end of the house to provide privacy from neighbours.
The curved roof lifts to frame the view and hunkers down at each end of the house to provide privacy from neighbours.
At the rear of the house, the deck is cut around the existing rock formations.
At the rear of the house, the deck is cut around the existing rock formations.
A dreamy view of the mist is captured from the breezeway between the house and garage pods.
A dreamy view of the mist is captured from the breezeway between the house and garage pods.
The kitchen island reflects the same curves and warm materiality as the rest of the house.
The kitchen island reflects the same curves and warm materiality as the rest of the house.
Ken serves his daughters at the kitchen island; the family home has spectacular indoor-outdoor flow for ease of family life.
Ken serves his daughters at the kitchen island; the family home has spectacular indoor-outdoor flow for ease of family life.
A view of the sea, captured from the interior of the glass living pavilion.
A view of the sea, captured from the interior of the glass living pavilion.
The internal facings of the pods are wrapped in recycled brick, complete with the traces of creeping vines.
The internal facings of the pods are wrapped in recycled brick, complete with the traces of creeping vines.
A wall and door paneled in a dark, stained cedar sit flush with each other when closed.
A wall and door paneled in a dark, stained cedar sit flush with each other when closed.

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South by Southeast’s designs are deeply rooted in the place they stand. As an award-winning South Island practice, our work seeks to enhance the local environment with beautiful and innovative designs that are inherently linked to place.

Our work strives to enhance a sense of place – tūrangawaewae. It acknowledges the importance of identity and our relationship to others and the connection to our physical spaces we inhabit, whether natural or human-made.

We believe that the best design is not just aware of the environment for which it is designed, but also has a positive impact on it and the community it serves. Big impact, with a small footprint. Master planning, mixed use commercial, tourism, sporting and leisure, accommodation, and landscapes get the same care and attention to purpose.

Our Christchurch studio has collective experience in the design and delivery of quality projects in New Zealand, UK and Europe. We approach all designs from a first principal basis favouring exploration over accepted ideas and convention. Our design process is structured to drive for innovative solutions that create better outcomes for all stakeholders and contributes to our collective culture and fabric of community.