Rammed Earth, Wanaka

This home for a young family is arranged in 3 distinct oriented wings for sun, view and connection to the landscape.  A low and angular entrance hall forms a dark and recessive centrepoint to the lofty and light spaces it serves.

The construction includes rammed earth walls, which are formed in-situ and provide both the interior wall finish and exterior cladding in its single solid mass.  Wide format cedar rusticated weatherboards clad the roof forms, and thin vertical shiplapped weatherboards frame entrances.

Monopitched roofs are angled up over high windows, each pointing at different ridgeline views and providing a balance between ground level privacy and interior light and view.

The house and landscape were conceived and designed together, with both comprising a similar balance of formality, casualness and fun.


FINALIST: TERRA AWARD First International Prize for Earthern Architecture

FINALIST: HOME NZ Home of the Year 2015

WINNER: NZIA Southern Architecture Award for Housing 2015

“A grounded steel-framed entry is flanked by rammed earth walls and a very discreet garage door.  This entry, complete with a concrete folded seat, flows into textured and light filled connecting spaces.  The three separate buildings are oriented to pick up ridgeline views, with high-level windows framing mountain views.  These building forms define living zones, as do the well-considered circulation areas that announce you are moving into another space.  Every space connects to the landscape of vast mountains and thoughtfully created sheltered courtyards.”


HOME NZ April/ May 2015

HOUSES Magazine Edition 49, Spring 2018

Eco Home by Melinda Williams, published by Penguin Random House, 2018