Wanaka, New Zealand- Condon Scott Architects Ltd
Built Area: 280.0 m2
Year Built: 2014
Photographs: Mickey Ross
The Webby House is a holiday home that takes advantage of the beauty of its surroundings. With easy access to a breath-taking landscape of mountains and lakes, it’s easy to understand why the homeowners made this part of the brief.
The architects made sure that the design blends well with the topography. A split level structure was created with an open-plan living space that flows easily into the kitchen. Both areas have 180-degree views, opening up to a large deck. The layout gives an experience of seamless indoor-outdoor living.
Inside, the floor is polished concrete with cabinets made from Southland beech timber. Bench countertops are made out of stone. This mix of materials works pretty well – interesting and unique, maintaining a sense of style that is both modern yet classically timeless.
Notes from the Architect:
The brief was to create a robust home for a young family capitalising on the stunning views over Lake Hawea to the mountains beyond. The design uses the topography of the site to create a split level configuration with the garage at ground floor level, the main living spaces half a level higher and the guest bedroom spaces a half level higher again, positioned over the garage space. The crank in the plan form provides some privacy to the front deck from the western neighbour. Lake Hawea is known for its wind so the creation of a series of outdoor spaces and a sheltered rear courtyard was essential. This courtyard opens off the rear of the living room and offers views to the lake beyond.
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