Lake Hawea House by Condon Scott Architects

Facing to the lake, and merging into the nature

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Located on the shores of Lake Hawea, twenty minutes’ drive from Wanaka, this newly constructed house capitalises on breathtaking views of the lake and Southern Alps, while creating a family home that is warm and sheltered from the weather, with an aesthetic that is definitively of the area.

▼住宅远景鸟瞰,distant bird-eye’s view of the house ©Simon Larkin Photography


Planning restrictions limited the width and height of the building, and the often strong winds that come in off the lake had to be taken into account when establishing the shape of the house. Arranged in an ‘H’ configuration, the bulk of the building protects the house from the wind, creating a series of terraces and courtyards that can be occupied depending on weather patterns.

▼住宅外观,设有露台和庭院空间,exterior view of the house with terraces and courtyards ©Simon Larkin Photography



▼住宅外观局部,采用雪松、当地石材和钢材等作为建筑材料,partial exterior view of the house that is made of cedar, local stone, and steel ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼住宅外观局部,整体色调朴实无华,partial exterior view of the house in an understated palette ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼住宅外观细节,house facade details ©Simon Larkin Photography

An understated palette of cedar, local stone, and steel continues from the exterior to the interior of the home, forming connections with the landscape. This is furthered by a pair of heavy schist walls, which flank the living spaces and contain seating, shelving and a fireplace. These walls are orientated to the view and form a pair of organising axis that run through the house. They echo early settler’s cottages that are common to the area, establishing a sense of history in the fabric of the new building. Cedar ceilings angle the eye towards different aspects of the view. The living and bedroom spaces are positioned to take full advantage of the wide-spanning vistas. Garaging and utility spaces are located to the rear.

The house is designed to reduce the need for heating and cooling, with thermally broken windows and insulation levels well above code. Passive solar gain has been taken into account with louvres and eaves that can be utilised in the summer months to prevent overheating. A heated polished concrete slab acts as a thermal sink in the winter.

▼住宅入口,朴实无华的色调从室外一直延续到室内,在景观与居住空间之间建立了联系,the entry of the house, the understated palette continues from the exterior to the interior of the home, forming connections with the landscape ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼厨房和餐厅,the kitchen and dining area ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼厨房和餐厅,雪松天花板将人们的视线引向不同方位的室外景观处,the kitchen and dining area, cedar ceilings angle the eye towards different aspects of the view ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼起居空间,享有绝佳的景观视野,设有带壁炉的片岩墙,the living space with a good scenery view, flanked by heavy schist walls containing a fireplace ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼享有绝佳景观视野的卧室,the bedroom with a good scenery view ©Simon Larkin Photography

对建筑师Barry Condon来说,这是一个令人满意的项目;更为重要的是,它还受到了来自社区、公众和住户的广泛好评。“在最初的设计任务书中,业主提出:希望这座住宅能有一个醒目而有趣的屋顶轮廓线,这样即使是在主车道上,也能清晰地看到自己的家就在不远处。这个要求看似简单,但在基地严格的高度限制(建筑限高4.5米)下,这依旧是一个不小的挑战。为了解决这个问题,我们设计了一系列相互交叉的屋顶平面。从室内看,这些平面限定出一系列大小不一的空间体量;从室外看,它们则创造出一个动态的屋顶形式。”

For architect Barry Condon, this was a satisfying project that has been well received by the community, public and homeowners. “At the initial briefing, the client indicated they were keen to have an interesting roofline visible on approach from the main driveway. This presented a challenge as there was a 4.5 metre height control restriction over the site. To solve this issue, we developed a series of interpassing roof planes. Internally these create a series of both larger volumes and smaller, more intimate spaces. Externally this combination of volumes presents a dynamic roof form to the observer.”

▼黄昏时分的住宅,the house at dusk ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼黄昏时分的住宅,具有动态的屋顶轮廓线,the house at dusk, with a dynamic roof form ©Simon Larkin Photography

▼总平面图,site plan ©Condon Scott Architects

▼平面图,floor plan ©Condon Scott Architects

▼北立面图,north elevation ©Condon Scott Architects

▼东立面图,east elevation ©Condon Scott Architects

▼西立面图,west elevation ©Condon Scott Architects

Project size: 438 m2
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 1
Project team: Condon Scott Architects

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