Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award - Housing
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Marlborough Sounds Retreat is dug down into a moderate north facing slope. Forms are deliberately elongated to layer the house into its environment and present an apparent single level, in keeping with the adjacent village. Material selections further reduce visual impact and marry the building to the dark, brooding bush clad slopes behind.
While views are abundant on all fronts and the site occupies a sunny knoll, development in the area needs to address high rainfall and strong winds from both north and south; this environment is tough on buildings.
Material selections are robust, a protective outer shell of natural zinc cladding protects an inner skin of oiled cedar cladding and extensive double glazing. Blockwork walls anchor the building to the site.