Kowhai House

A quintessential rural Taranaki site: – Sculptured geometries pay homage to the mountainous backdrop, celebrated in the dramatic light filled interior volumes capturing framed mountain and rural views. The client’s request for a functional, not flashy, approach to the home underlies the extensive research and modelling behind all design and construction decisions. Post occupancy assessment and client satisfaction confirm success in achieving the project team’s climate control, energy efficiency and value engineering aspirations.

Optimisation of the building environment & energy efficient design detailing culminated in the sculptural building form and final material selection. Environmental modelling and life cycle value engineering led to bespoke construction detailing from the fully thermally broken concrete slab to multi-layered envelope insulation. Technology monitors then controls mechanical, heating and lighting systems via a suite of environmental performance indicators. Refinements to systems were implemented following post occupancy testing.

This project was shortlisted for an NZIA Western Architecture Award

Photography by Chris Hill Photographer


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