Regional Master Builders House of the Year

This architecturally designed home featuring “Shade Sail” style inverted curved roof planes was a challenge for all involved, from design, to engineering, to construction, to the fabrication of the extensive structure that lies beneath and finally the finishing detail. The fully thermally broken heated concrete slab is supported along the southern elevation on 16 concrete piles pinned into the bed rock below, removing any load from old digger stacked stone wall that forms the flat terrace the house sits on. Just 7 of the 16 corners that make up the perimeter of the ground floor are 90 degree corners, while the remaining 9 individual angles range from 115 degrees through to 83.5 degrees. Add in the semi-circular sunken lounge and this is far from your average build. The design concept of a ‘floating’ roof is achieved through the use of high level windows set with a negative details into the curved cedar T& G ceilings that run seamlessly out to the soffits, forming the underside of the “Shade Sail”. Access to site is down a narrow steep laneway with a tight right angle corner discounting the use of conventional cranes to assist in the construction process. The use of a small ‘spider’ crane enabled the positioning of steel members except the main ‘tent pole’ which was placed by helicopter. Read more


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Smart Pod

Designed by engineer Warrick Weber as a solution to better utilisation of steep land for housing, the SmartPod’s steel structure allows not only for pods to be stacked on top of one another but for a cantilever floor twice the length/area of the on ground floor slab, thus reducing the amount of expensive ground retaining required to achieve a flat floor area. This Smart Pod was built at Arthur’s Point, near Queenstown, and is the first of its kind. The steel structure of the Pod was fabricated off site and then transported to site, and craned into place. Within a few hours the floor area of the house trebled in size. With the exposed steel Pod frame work providing all the necessary building structure, the exterior of the building is left free to be constructed of anything desired, including full perimeter glazing. Internal glass balustrades over bi-folding doors, truly allow the outside in.