A warm comfortable, low-energy retirement home, built on the client’s country site in South Otago.
The house uses materials and forms that connect to its rural setting. It was built to maximise solar gain and outlook and to gain shelter from southerly winds. It is built on two levels with service rooms along the south, living rooms and bedrooms arranged on the lower level along the north side.
A conservatory provides space for growing plants and passively heats the living areas; clerestory windows provide natural lighting and ventilation to the rooms along the back. Interior surfaces are red brick walls and black concrete floor for thermal mass; clear finished client-felled Macrocarpa timber; painted Gib ceilings and walls.