Lake Hawea Courtyard House

I don’t usually get excited about architecture... but looking at the house now and seeing the ways it fits so well on the contours of the land, it still makes me feel excited.

Client - Lake Hawea Courtyard House

Lake Hawea Courtyard House

Practice : Glamuzina Paterson Architects
Location : Lake Hawea, Wanaka
Status : Completed 2012
Awards : -2013 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal: Residential Shortlisted
-2013 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award: Housing Category
-2012 HOME Magazine Home of the Year Award Finalist
-2012 NZIA Southern Architecture Awards- Residential Award Winner

The Lake Hawea Courtyard House is grounded in rural land at the foot of Mount Maude in the Otago region. The dominant landscape and big views invited a design enquiry into the nature of the site. What kind of architecture is best and most appropriate to occupy such a landscape? How could you define and inhabit the edges of the house? The design response was a low-slung residential home with a simple square plan that recalls the modest language of the region’s early settler buildings.

It is a refuge in what can be an extreme climate; the fully enclosed stone construction is anchored to the land, its singular form given texture by the irregular shaped bricks that form its armour. At the heart of the home, the courtyard is the middle ground between the domestic scale of the interiors and the vastness of the landscape, framing views to the lofty mountain across low, wide plains.

Practice : Glamuzina Paterson Architects

Location : Lake Hawea, Wanaka

Status : Completed 2012

Awards : -2013 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal: Residential Shortlisted

: -2013 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award: Housing Category

: -2012 HOME Magazine Home of the Year Award Finalist

: -2012 NZIA Southern Architecture Awards- Residential Award Winner