Wanaka House by Lovell O’Connell Architects
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Wanaka House by Lovell O’Connell Architects

Located on the outskirts of Wanaka, architect Tim Lovell designed a home for his parents who entering retired life. Tim had recently established the Wellington-based firm Lovell & O’Connell Architects (LO’CA) with Ana O’Connell.

Inspired by historic miners’ huts in the region, this 250 sqm house is simple structures with steep roof, overlooking the lake views across the water towards Treble Cone.

Architects: Lovell O’Connell Architects
Location: Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Photography: Patrick Reynolds, Courtesy of Lovell O’Connell

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A long, low, thick concrete wall enhances the sense of the home being firmly grounded and sheltered. Its centre is cleaved apart between the garage and kitchen to form a tranquil entry courtyard that catches the morning sun, while a second courtyard opens off the north-facing dining area. Two guest bedrooms and a bathroom are tucked above this on a mezzanine level.

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Inspiration from architect:

The programme is centred around the client’s passion for music, food, entertaining and their enjoyment of the Wanaka vistas.

The house design draws inspiration from the local schist rocks set into the land against which pioneers pitched bivouac shelters. The house is conceived as a frame set into the land against a rock over which fabric is draped.


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