Beacon, Wanaka

This steep triangular site was subdivided from the parents’ lot, allowing three generations to inhabit this land overlooking Lake Wanaka. With challenging road access and no flat ground, a tower building was conceived, stratifying garage, living rooms and bedrooms over 3 levels.

The tall 3 story face presents to the street, punctuated with a chameleon garage door and a single large window screened in slatted steel –the beacon on Beacon Point Road. Internally this lights a double height kitchen space and contrasts the adjacent dining and lounge areas. Bedrooms and bathrooms on the top floor enjoy lake views through the tree canopy.

From the street, the land rises steeply to greet the stepped living level, which also tucks itself back into the site with a shift in angle. Changing floor and ceiling conditions, exposed ceiling structure and shifts in angle contribute to complex volumes in the seemingly simple form.

AWARDS

New Zealand Institute of Architects Southern Architecture Award 2017

Master Builders House of the Year 2017 (Southern Region)