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Client Brief

The client's brief was to replace their holiday cottage with a permanent contemporary residence that was elegant, sophisticated, and a luxurious retreat away from their business. Spaces ranged from intimate to entertaining, were secure and private, and maximised connections to lake activities and panoramic views whilst controlling sunlight and wind.

The architecture was not to be the traditional Central Otago vernacular forms or materials but to establish a contemporary presence with mystique in an outstanding landscape.

The PARTI concept was to heighten the ‘sense of place’ by extending their memories and experiences of lakeside living with 4 car garages, 4ensuite bedrooms, plus indoor and outdoor living zones interconnected on different levels.

This brownfield site is an urban adaptive reuse with road access south, houses east and west, and a lake north, constrained by size, sloping ground, and restrictive planning rules for bulk and location. A resource consent achieved the optimum outcome.

The design response is layered living zones facilitated by extensive cut-and-fill methodology, and a multi-level contemporary stepped building form in scale with adjacent houses and the lake reserve.

The project celebrates its context by combining architecture, engineering, and landscaping with a journey of biophilic sensory experiences connecting with the aura of water features and the lake.

Materiality and construction selection include the durability of concrete floors, steps, terraces, and precast concrete perimeter panels. Steel portal frames and LVL timber framing for earthquake and wind resistance. Extensive tiling, glazing, membrane roofs, aluminium joinery, and cladding within a recessive and tonal colour palette use a more innovative, more technologically enduring approach to sustainability.

Meyer Cruden contributed to engineering the cantilevered swimming pool counterbalanced by the pool terrace anchored with concrete piles.

Mayfair Pools contributed to recycling water feature systems.

Southern Landmarx contributed endemic landscape planting.

Strawberry Sound contributed audio-visual and automation systems.

Creative Solution & Design Features

THE LAKE HOUSE story created the optimum environmental, social, and economic sustainable brownfield site reuse for a contemporary luxury home with indoor to outdoor living spaces to create a lifestyle in context with its lakeside setting.

Big picture thinking with architectural water features of entry pond, swimming pool, waterfall, catching pond, and spa pool are linked in a journey of sensory experiences to enhance well-being with the aura of water seen, smelt, touched, tasted, and heard together with the natural ambience of Lake Wakatipu.

The waterfall reflects the significance of living in an outstanding landscape and contributes to the public realm.

Green Star and Living Building Challenge strategies inform the design and specification of this project with sustainability to lessen the impact on the environment through a longer life cycle approach to construction and materiality utilizing design grids and panel duplication to reduce waste.

Material durability of concrete, tile, aluminium, and glass minimises maintenance costs and carries from exterior to interiors, so spaces seamlessly flow cohesively.

Thermal comfort from passive solar design with superior insulation was designed and achieved by high-performance energy modelling.

Thermally broken aluminium with reflective, acoustic, and thermal triple glazing, roof overhangs, and louvred roofs control solar heat gain and loss for reduced cooling and heating demands.

Water restrictors on fittings minimise use and reduce the stormwater drainage loading. Solar water heating and energy-efficient appliances and systems reduce post-build costs.

Low-energy LED dimmable and colour-changing lighting is designed strategically for a mood-changing ambience. Low FOC paint and air conditioning systems maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Contextual architectural water features and endemic plantings enhance biodiversity outcomes and foster greater biophilic connections with nature.

The design approach is greater ecological resilience to climate change, expanding upon best sustainability practices to advance architecture.

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For us, architecture is about creating special places in context with their natural and built environment for the enjoyment of people who live in them, work in them, or experience them. Every project, regardless of scale, we consider is a unique opportunity to create something amazing for our client, community and society.

Our architectural practice is humble however operates with confidence because we are experienced in a variety of building types and styles with a proven track record. Our projects vary from Otago to Central Otago, Southland and Canterbury and wider afield than New Zealand to Australia, Fiji and France.

Every project is unique and emerges out of a specific client brief, budget and site that we may challenge and offer options if we consider there is a need to think deeper before proceeding further. These considerations inform the design and build process where our experience on projects to create that point of difference is more likely to be achieved with our valued professional guidance and expertise assisting you as with our many prior clients.

We have been collaborating with our clients, consultants, contractors and councils to provide excellence by offering our trusted experience, innovation and professional guidance to all aspects of a project with vision, planning, documentation, contracts, construction, interior fit out, landscaping and project management from concept to completion as a full project approach under sole leadership to get the best outcome.

We know that each project brings different client requirements and that our response can be to guide that project through a collaborative process to success, whether it is small or large, simple or complex with us as your design lead. The end result is to create inspirational spaces with architecture that could meet and exceed the client and public expectation and be fully in context with the natural and built environment.

Our practice is green minded and actively incorporates innovative sustainable design and construction with an environmental awareness that can contribute to our future. We support ethical and sustainable practices. We believe our architecture can reflect who our clients are and their aspirations.

With the experience of Gary leading the team, we specialise mainly in new or altered residential or commercial projects. We have been involved in over 1000 building projects over more than 25 years and have been acknowledged by over 90 New Zealand Architectural Design Awards in the process which is testament to the quality that you can expect given to each project.