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The Maori Hill house is located on a wide North facing site in the quiet suburb of Maori Hill in Dunedin. The site is elevated and has spectacular views of the Northern city and distant hills beyond.

The house was designed as a clear response to the site, closed and private to the street and open to the North sun and panoramic outlook, exploring the varying ways of experiencing the elevated views from within the house. The main living spaces reach out towards the view, whilst the master bedroom is set back to provide both physical privacy and a sense of retreat. A cantilevered deck is located at the western end of the house, and a recessed deck sits between the family living and the master bedroom.

The ‘L’ shaped living volume is open plan yet has distinct zones that enhance the varied activities of family life, at different times of the day, and during different seasons of the year. The space has varying ceiling heights that creates a rich spatial experience and quality of light. The kitchen is located at the heart of the house, and includes a concealed scullery.

The lower level contains bedrooms, a guest suite and garage. The double garage is set under the cantilevering deck, concealed from the street elevation.
The client’s brief for parquet flooring and timber windows established a design ethos of quality and natural materials, which was carried through all elements of the house. The result is a feeling of relaxed sophistication and lasting appeal.

Cedar is used extensively on the exterior of the house with meticulous detailing, including a large slatted screen on the street elevation that provides a degree of privacy, and is also a symbolic veil to passers-by.

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Parker Warburton Team Architects is a design-led architectural practice with offices in Dunedin and Wanaka. Over the last 40 years we have developed unique skills in designing residential, institutional and commercial buildings in Otago and nationwide. We pride ourselves on combining innovative design with commercial awareness to create places of value for our clients. Many of our buildings have won architectural and conservation awards.