Te Pahu Home
SITED HIGH ON PIRONGIA'S HILLSIDE, the strictly controlled budget of this house was maintained through the simplicity of its extruded form, linear plan and modest structural spans. The house was built in conventional timber framed construction with some additional steel posts along the northern façade to dissipate the high wind loads. A secondary layer of fine steel posts supports sun screening over the northern glazed façade. It is the refined outer veil which casts the shadows to accentuate the horizontal silhouette of the house in the landscape and to provide depth to an otherwise thin walled façade. A limited palette of materials designed in sheet modules is also used to construct for projecting screen walls at the ends of the building.
NZIA AWARDS 2009 - Residential
"The brilliant simplicity of the design and the discrete exterior of this house hide a delightful and timeless living space. The clever concept has all rooms apart from service areas facing north and enjoying the wonderful panorama that is Mt Pirongia, while the south elevation is modulated with storage projections and glazing. Modest warm materials used internally contrast with the cooler colours of the view."