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Most Of Us Have A Dream Of Where We’D Like To Retire By The Beach, Something More Rural, Perhaps Somewhere Overseas. For This Expat New Zealand Couple Living In Sydney, That Place Was Central Otago. Although Retirement Was Some Time Off, They Were Planning Ahead When They Engaged Architect Regan Johnston To Design Their Home On The Shores Of Lake Wanaka. “Coincidentally, They’D Seen A House I’D Designed In Trends And Wanted Something Similar,” Says Johnston. “They Liked The Spaces, The Feel And Materials I’D Used And Also The Quality Of The Home.”

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Their Requirements Were Simple – Create A Comfortable Home That Took Full Advantage Of The Elevated Lakeside Site And Could Accommodate Their Family Of Three Adult Children At Any One Time, Without Having An Impact On The Parents’ Use Of The Home.

“It Was A Large Site, At Approximately 3300m2. But Because It Forms The Gateway To A Large Subdivision, We Had To Be Very Mindful Of The Design, Both From The Point Of View Of The Other Residents, And Also The Privacy Of The Owners,” Says Johnston.

Setting The House High Up At The Rear Of The Section Gave His Clients The Privacy And Views They Wanted. This Also Mitigated Its Effect On The Rest Of The Community.

The House Comprises A Pair Of Single-Storey, Conjoined Pavilions – One Containing The Living Space And Guest Rooms, The Other The Master Suite And Garaging.

“We Skewed The Rear Pavilion To Join The Front Pavilion, Creating A Triangular Courtyard In Between, That’S Protected From The Prevailing

Above Entry To The Two-Pavilion Home Is Via A Glazed Lobby Space At The Point Where The Pavilions Meet. The Garaging And Master Suite Are On The Left As You Enter, With The Living Spaces And Guest Accommodation To The Right.

Left The Far End Of The Living Pavilion Features A Cantilevered Box-Window. Deep Eaves Over Both Pavilions Help Prevent Solar Gain During The Hot Summer Months.

Above The Material Palette Has Been Kept Simple Concrete Floors, Schist Feature Walls And American Oak-Lined Ceilings. The Three Large Chimney Stacks Visually Anchor The House. Facing Page Top During The Warmer Months, Stepping Stones Over The Reflection Pond Allow Guests To Access The Living And Dining Area From A Veranda Running Along The Front Of The Home.

Facing Page Below A Full-Height Picture Window, With Views Over A Reflection Pond To The Lake, Separates The Living Spaces From The Guest Rooms. Winds That Funnel Off The Lake In The Summer Months,” Says Johnston.

Entry To The Home Is At The Point Where The Two Pavilions Meet – To The Left Is The Master Suite, To The Right Is The Living Area And Guest Accommodation.

Turning Into The Living Pavilion, You’Re Greeted By A Full-Height Picture Window, Flanked By Schist Walls, With Views Over A Reflection Pond To The Lake.“We Wanted The Clients To Feel They Were On Holiday From The Moment They Enter The House. The Lobby Space Is Very Tranquil, What With The Water And The Earthy Materials.”

The Other Purpose Of The Reflection Pond Is To Physically Separate The Public And Private Spaces In This Part Of The Home. On One Side, A Wide Gallery Leads To Three Large Guest Bedrooms, All With Lake Views, Plus A Shared Bathroom. On The Other Side, The Space Opens To A Large, Light-Filled Room, With Floor-To-Ceiling Windows On Three Sides. This Contains The Living, Dining And Kitchen Areas.

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