Sited on an idyllic vantage point overlooking Lake Rotokauri this modern house is both relaxed and crisp. The sculptural simplicity of this building belies its intricate detail. Hollow slatted-timber columns diffuse the sunlight to the inside of the house, and at night, the façade becomes a radiant basket dispersing warm light across the landscape. Cedar cladding is used in a variety of weatherboard profiles to create intricate textures and the illusion of woven surfaces in places. The plan alludes to a kite, with the primary 'kite form' accommodating the main living areas, main bedroom and an outdoor room. The secondary wing - the kite 'tail' - is separated by a grassed courtyard, and is for guests. This design approach enables guests to have privacy and their own series of views across the hillside to Lake Rotokauri.
Architect Geoff Lentz specifically designed a radiata pine frame and structure to avoid structural steelwork on site, but also recognising that the pine is a local and renewable resource. Geoff worked with the clients to select construction materials that minimised the carbon footprint of the building. The house is heavily insulated, and features in-slab heating, solar-water heating, and worm-farm wastewater treatment.