Stacked volumes, cut into a steep bank was the design response that suited this brief. The relatively small cuts created level outdoor living areas within the negative space left by the built form. With a young growing family it was important to retain this link to the outside environment, while still utilising the site’s elevation to take in the vast views across the rural landscape. Views across Hamilton to the Hakarimata ranges and the Te Uku wind farm can be taken in from nearly every room.
The main living volume intersects the bedroom volume, separating children’s wing from the master. This gives each space its own private outdoor courts.
SIP (Structurally Insulated Panel) construction was used for most of the walls. This gave the wall insulation values well in excess of the building code minimums