Stackbrae | Wanaka

Stackbrae, Wanaka is a comprehensively designed street of homes, with common consideration for sun, views and landscape. The homes share a consistent design language, with variety in expression due to house size and shape, orientation, and with a varied material palette.

Stackbrae is an alternative quality model for suburban development, in a context where architects and design seldom have influence and group-home design and build dominate.  The project involved master planning the subdivision, and the design and consenting of 31 homes, both stand-alone and duplex.

The Wanaka based developer sought a strong design outcome and with the architects devised a new market model – investing in master planning, and the design and building consents for every home.  

The principle was simple: maximise sun, privacy, views and quality outdoor space.   Dwellings are predominantly L shaped, massing on lot edges allowing sun into the middle of the site, directly challenging district plan setback rules.  Boundary walls are without windows and rendered in quality materials, making fences redundant. Land packages were sold with consented plans and a covenant to build in accordance.  

This model contributed to a cohesive development, and eliminated design and consenting time and cost for purchasers, so homes could be built without delay after settlement.  

AWARDS: NZIA Southern Architecture Award 2019 Multi-unit Housing

PUBLISHED: Home NZ September 2018