Banks Peninsula House

‍This home was conceived in 2006 and built eight years later with minimal design changes. The client's request was a sustainable home using natural materials and capitalizing on stunning views, influenced by their admiration for Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. The chosen materials accentuate the forms, creating a timeless aesthetic.

Nestled on a secluded 30-acre rural plot in the upper slopes of Banks Peninsula, this sustainable home boasts breath-taking views of Akaroa Harbour. The site and landscape inspired the use of cedar weatherboard, West-Coast schist, copper, and slate-look shingles.

This residence, although primarily a part-time retreat, also functions as a spacious family home with an independently accessible, self-contained guest suite. It includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms with a separate toilet and laundry, and smart storage solutions throughout. The master bedroom offers an ensuite and a roomy morning balcony. Thoughtful openings maximize natural light, views, and the sense of space. Framed windows show case the phenomenal views from every interior space, including the bathrooms. A generous scullery ensures a clutter-free and user-friendly kitchen.

Oversized eaves above high-performance glazing protects against overheating while maintaining ample natural light, views, and sun access. A lower eave shields against excessive solar gain in the fully glazed Northern living wing, embracing the panoramic views in this inspiring space.

This home was the Winner in the 2017 ADNZ Resene Awards for a new home between 150m² and 300m².