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The Point House

The Point House is a relaxed family holiday home perched amongst bush on the cliff tops above Lake Taupo.  The siting of the house takes full advantage of the secluded location and spectacular views of the mountains to the south.

The house is three cabins built off dominant weatherboard clad walls that emphasise or run counter to the old water courses that cross the site.  The main cabin has the kitchen and dining with the living space bridging across to the second cabin of the two bedrooms.  Beyond and across a bridge over another small gulley is the third cabin containing the third bedroom.  The placement of these simple forms provides a simple hierarchy of seclusion to the spaces and reduces the mass of the house.  The cladding of the fly wall returns through the interior to enforce the wall as the major element in each space and visually link interior and exterior.  Clever manipulation of the applicable codes eliminated the need for balustrades to decking and therefore impediments to the view.

The house is clad in a simple palette of cedar weatherboard and cedar faced ply, which combined with the joinery and clean lines of the eave detail, gives the design its relaxed but contemporary feel.

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