Capturing the rural landscape of Wanaka Valley, the Hawkesbury Residence in Mt Barker, New Zealand, uses the landscape as an artistic, ever-changing art work as part of its architecture. Standing at the foot of the hill behind the property, the elongated shape of the residence allows all spaces to be flooded with the perfect amount of natural light. Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner studio have completed this stunning 2,150 square foot residential project in 2011 and since then, the inhabitants have been enjoying the modern interiors and landscape beyond, framed by the roof line and cedar deck.
The interior program encompasses two volumes – social and private – connected by stairs. The volume containing the master bedroom and two additional bedrooms, the master and secondary bathrooms and two side decks sits slightly lower then the social volume. Here, a beautiful set of side-by-side fireplaces – one in the great room and the other one on the adjacent outside deck – provide relaxation and peaceful moments. All spaces are spread over one single story so that the interiors and the front side pool have unobstructed access to the landscape. Stone walls and timber details integrate the house in its surroundings, constructing the perfect home for its owners.