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River House

© Lisa Gane

RIVER HOUSE

AW Architects

ARCHITECTS
AW Architects

PHOTOGRAPHS
Lisa Gane

CATEGORY
Houses

LOCATION
Christchurch, New Zealand

DESIGN TEAM
Andrew Watson, Prue Johnstone, Altaire Mandell

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Quoin, Brett Gilmore, Isabel Mclernon

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Henry Blakely Landscapes

AREA
256 m²

YEAR
2020

Tucked down a long driveway lined with established trees that opens out onto Wairarapa Stream lies River House. The owners had inhabited the original house on the property for generations, and after earthquake damage decided to build a new home that took advantage of the unique riverside environment.

© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane

The new home presents itself as two distinct gable forms connected via a small glazed entrance. The main wing and deck facing the stream is perched above the ground on piles to allow for potential floodwater to flow underneath.

The second wing is offset creating a private north facing courtyard and garden. Landscape features bring a sense of the waterway into the house, with a rill located in between the two gable forms.

The linear forms are broken up with carefully articulated openings to capture the natural surroundings, while a series of sliding timber shutters are used for privacy and sun shading.

© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane

Cedar cladding and river stone gabion baskets were used. Black steel roofing contrasts the natural cedar while a small concrete wing forms the service side of the house.

© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane
© Lisa Gane


Plan - Site
Plan


Elevations
Elevations
Elevations

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