Contemporary Wanaka Residence, New Zealand
According to the architects: “With distant views of alpine peaks, the hillside site overlooks rolling farmland. The site faces north, directly into the blazing sun of the southern hemisphere. Strict agency requirements limited both the size and form of the contemporary New Zealand home in relation to the slope. The climate is one of extremes with very hot summers and freezing cold winters.
“The approach to contemporary Wanaka property on this barren hillside was to merge with the slope, rather than to stick out from it. In response to the climactic extremes, a distinctive roof form protects the home from the sun with generous roof overhangs. Inspired by the form of the hillside, the roof is shaped like an upside down checkmark. A long, thin footprint allows for views of the mountains from every room. Entry is through the side of the house with circulation along the back wall. Upon entering the rooms, the strong horizontals of the roof and deck frame the view.” Images courtesy of Emily Andrews.
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