Pataua North House

Designed for a sensitive valley, this house was located to take advantage of long views over a series of lakes and significant ridges.

Four buildings create a farmyard complex, including the house, garage and implement/horse tackle shed. The house is divided into two elements, linked by a covered way and deck wrapped around a pond expanded from the original stream.

The spaces are ‘grounded’ by a series of beautiful rammed earth walls built from the soil of the site, giving an earthy quality to the rooms. The house is completely off grid, and a high degree of sustainability is incorporated, including solar hot water and photo-voltaic panels, low energy lighting, locally sourced materials, effective use of natural ventilation and energy efficient appliances.