Wanaka Lodge

A home orientated to the sun and stunning lake and mountain views. Crafted in local stone, two large pavilions encapsulate a private courtyard concealed behind towering gates.

The brief referred to a picture of a ‘masseria’ – a fortified stone building in Southern Italy with an insular courtyard. The term masseria comes from the Italian word maceria – wall, which in Roman times meant a rough wall having no facing. The lodge specifically uses schist stone which simultaneously references the surrounding Southern Alp Landscape and ties the building back to Italy.

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The award winning lodge was described by judges as “The simplicity of the exterior belies a rich interior. Centred on a courtyard is a beautifully orchestrated series of spaces, all alive with a theatrical quality, while carefully placed windows edit specific views. The rural/industrial material combinations are unusual but successful.”

Wanaka Lodge

Wanaka, New Zealand, 2008

Winner of New Zealand Architecture Award for Residential Architecture 2010