This contemporary waterfront holiday home embodies modern design that’s sensitive to the scale and aesthetic of Akaroa’s existing buildings. Spread over two levels, the high-spec 270sqm home includes four cosy bedrooms, three exquisite bathrooms and well-connected interior and exterior living spaces.
Architect Aaron Paterson has employed a series of steep gabled volumes with generous window proportions. Local materials evoke a sense of regional familiarity without simply recreating history. A key design philosophy here was to break the building into a series of discrete forms that recede and push forward. This creates the look of modestly sized dwellings to maintain the intimate, mostly small-scale built form of the area. Viewed from the waterfront, the home appears as a series of ad-hoc gabled buildings, each with a slightly different character.
Large areas of glass frame expansive views of the harbour and hills. A series of timber shutters complement the overall aesthetic and enable the house to be fully closed when not in use.