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With stunning views of Lake Wanaka, this unusual home has distinctive charred timber cladding that blends beautifully into the surrounding hills and mountains.
With stunning views of Lake Wanaka, this unusual home has distinctive charred timber cladding that blends beautifully into the surrounding hills and mountains.
Low-lying cloud over the lake creates a dramatic backdrop to Mount Gold house. In the foreground, the exterior concrete corridor forms a procession to the entry of the house.
Low-lying cloud over the lake creates a dramatic backdrop to Mount Gold house. In the foreground, the exterior concrete corridor forms a procession to the entry of the house.
One of two gabled bedroom wings are linked to the main pavilion form of the house.
One of two gabled bedroom wings are linked to the main pavilion form of the house.
The patterned cladding and rainscreening interprets the windswept form of the native kanuka trees that can be found on the property.
The patterned cladding and rainscreening interprets the windswept form of the native kanuka trees that can be found on the property.
Light seeps out of cracks in the protective screens that sit over the windows on the southern face of the bedroom wing.
Light seeps out of cracks in the protective screens that sit over the windows on the southern face of the bedroom wing.
Mitred corners on the angled larch cladding adds a sculptural element to the building.
Mitred corners on the angled larch cladding adds a sculptural element to the building.
Glazing links the external and internal corridors, providing space for displaying art.
Glazing links the external and internal corridors, providing space for displaying art.
The southern elevation lit up at dusk highlights the screening over the windows and the glazing into the internal gallery/hallway.
The southern elevation lit up at dusk highlights the screening over the windows and the glazing into the internal gallery/hallway.
The external corridor creates an amazing entrance to the house and can also be used as a gallery space for artworks.
The external corridor creates an amazing entrance to the house and can also be used as a gallery space for artworks.
The view from the tennis court of the northern elevation with bedroom wings on either side.
The view from the tennis court of the northern elevation with bedroom wings on either side.
 A recessed corner window creates a dramatic aperture in the upper storey façade. Sliding doors in the bedroom wing open out to a deck and overlook the tennis court.
 A recessed corner window creates a dramatic aperture in the upper storey façade. Sliding doors in the bedroom wing open out to a deck and overlook the tennis court.
The upper-storey deck leading into the living area.
The upper-storey deck leading into the living area.
A cosy living space on the upper storey with built-in fireplace with stone surround and a corner bay window overlooking the lake.
A cosy living space on the upper storey with built-in fireplace with stone surround and a corner bay window overlooking the lake.
The open-plan dining and living area opens out to the deck on the right. A staircase on the left leads to the lower-level gallery/hallway.
The open-plan dining and living area opens out to the deck on the right. A staircase on the left leads to the lower-level gallery/hallway.
The kitchen is finished with a natural material palette of stone and timber.
The kitchen is finished with a natural material palette of stone and timber.
A long stainless-steel bench is a practical work surface in the kitchen and scullery.
A long stainless-steel bench is a practical work surface in the kitchen and scullery.
Underneath the staircase, the hallway/gallery leads towards a decked area at the end and the entry and processional corridor/gallery on the right .
Underneath the staircase, the hallway/gallery leads towards a decked area at the end and the entry and processional corridor/gallery on the right .
The hallway/gallery looking towards one of the bedroom wings.
The hallway/gallery looking towards one of the bedroom wings.
An exterior view of the bathroom with its striking black stone oval-shaped bath.
An exterior view of the bathroom with its striking black stone oval-shaped bath.
The gallery space off the hallway has a deck off the end, while glazed arches overlook a micro-landscape in the main courtyard near the entrance.
The gallery space off the hallway has a deck off the end, while glazed arches overlook a micro-landscape in the main courtyard near the entrance.
A photographic site plan.
A photographic site plan.
The ground-floor and first-floor plans of Mount Gold House by AO Architecture.
The ground-floor and first-floor plans of Mount Gold House by AO Architecture.
The north and south elevations of Mount Gold House by AO Architecture.
The north and south elevations of Mount Gold House by AO Architecture.

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AO Architecture was founded in 2011 by Michael John and Nicholas Mann.

AO Architecture is a young and innovative architectural practice, aware of the importance of delivering a unique project that is tailored to meet each specific client’s requests.

We are active in the provision of architectural, interior design and project management services. Undertaking projects from simple residential alterations, complex residential housing through to commercial & industrial developments.

We strive to meet client’s budgets and requirements and package this into a workable and environmentally responsible design solution.

AO Architecture’s success is driven by our personable approach and commitment to clients, producing highly successful architectural outcomes.