Located on the Southern foothills of Wanaka, this house is planned in response to both the climate and stunning Central Otago landscape. Large eaves over the predominantly glazed Northern elevation protect the exterior and interior living spaces from the strong summer sun while allowing the owners to enjoy uninterrupted views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

Three gable volumes are linked to form an ‘H’ shaped plan, with family spaces such as kitchen, living, dining and media rooms located centrally with more intimate bedroom and office spaces distributed from the social heart of the home.

Externally the gable roofs reflect traditional local building forms but are created with a sophisticated materials palette of dark tray roofing, ‘off the form’ concrete and formal landscape planting that combine to create a crisp, clean exterior and light airy interiors.

Location: Wanaka
Completed: 2018
Floor Area: 400 sq.m.
Contractor: CDL Building

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Johnston Architects is a design-led studio specialising in high-quality new-build residential and commercial projects throughout New Zealand.

We pride ourselves on crafting rigorously planned and immaculately detailed projects that exceed client expectations. With almost 100 years of combined experience delivering architectural projects of exceptional quality in New Zealand and overseas, our tight-knit team of talented designers will ensure that your project is tailored to suit your quality and budgetary requirements.

Johnston Architects is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our work. We strongly believe that the creation of well-crafted, timeless architecture is the key to sustainable design and we ensure that sustainable strategies are employed seamlessly into the overall design to enhance the comfort, quality, and delight of your home.

Our work is always informed by a site's physical and cultural setting. Working in some of the most remarkable and scenic locations in the country has resulted in a body of work that responds to its context in a timeless and elegant manner.