Wanaka Crib

A place for culinary performance connected to the landscape.

In a wood-lined field near the lake’s edge, twin gables and a chisel roof slip past one another to create three enclosed courtyards.

The detailing abstracts the green-roof sheds of the south. It creates the look of an ad hoc settlement, with graduated weatherboards and a razor-thin roof edge making a striking profile.

Wanaka Crib


Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Silver Award in the Residential Interior Category

Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Bronze Award in the Residential Architecture Category

NZIA Southern Architecture Awards – Housing

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The crib is a place to relax and focus on the social side of food, where cooking and dining become a culinary performance connected to the landscape. 


At 150 square metres, the crib has the intimacy of a small house, but can comfortably sleep ten people, with two double bedrooms, an attic loft for two, and a bunk room with four beds.


The home’s interior has a direct relationship with three enclosed courtyards. The lounge and dining spill out to a north-facing entertaining patio, bounded by an angular concrete cooking fire. The kitchen connects to a sheltered southern working garden, enclosed by a grape bearing espalier frame made of reinforcing steel. The eastern terrace gives access to the self-contained bunkroom providing privacy from the public reserve and boulevard of trees.


The interior detailing riffs on the elements that have informed the overall project, with façade elements accenting the composition of interior moves, such as a mustard reading-nook box, concealed venting openings, triangulated high-level windows, and corrugated steel wall with floating entry boardwalk. 


The interior is lined with a combination of southern beech, recycled kauri, rimu, plywood and terrazzo, while dark concrete floors merge with local stone paving, before dissolving into the grassed surrounds.

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