Site size: 5 acres

Project size: 1,680 square feet 

Program: A client with limited mobility requested a single-story, energy-efficient house with views of the surrounding countryside.

Location: The house, near Kawarau Gorge on New Zealand’s South Island, overlooks the neighboring vineyards and jagged hills beyond.

Solution: The house, reminiscent of Mies’s court house studies of the 1930s, is designed on a columnar grid, with timber posts planted in 13.8-foot intervals along the facade. The rectangular floor plan consists of an open living and dining area, three bedrooms, and two covered outdoor terraces in the north and south corners.

Construction methods: Timber-frame structure on a reinforced- concrete slab. Timber posts are clad in painted steel. Durable, low-maintenance materials and finishes.

Team Green Architects


Completion Date: June 2014

Gross square footage: 1,680 square feet 

Team Green Architects

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
project architect – Mark Read ( registered architect ) Sian Taylor ( registered architect )

Architect of record: Mark Read – Sian Taylor

Engineers: eZED  -

Photographer(s): Sam Hartnett -



Structural system  - Timber Frame Construction on Insulated Concrete Slab

Exterior cladding
Metal Panels: DIMOND LT7 Profile Cladding

Moisture barrier: pro clima INTELLO vapour check

Other cladding unique to this project: Titan Façade Panel - James Hardie

Metal: DIMOND LT7 Profile

Metal frame: APL – Metro Series Thermal Heart


Glass: Double Glazed Low-E Argon Filled

Interior finishes
Paints and stains: Resene

Wall coverings: GIB Plasterboard

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: On-site wastewater and stormwater management. Also use of timber frame to prevent thermal bridging through steel.

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: durable materials and finishes selected for low maintenance. Also use of timber frame to prevent thermal bridging through steel.