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Clearwater House No. 2 Christchurch

Clearwater, Christchurch

The challenge Balance two requirements: the welcome disturbance of family and guests; and peaceful, private day-to-day living in this beautiful lakeside setting. The Context solution This is a house of two connected halves but simultaneously a whole square with stamped out courtyards. One wing is for day-to-day living; the other accommodates guests. It’s an arrangement that absorbs family gatherings without disrupting the peaceful feeling of the house and its riparian setting. There’s even a living area where grandchildren can make a noisy mess – still in sight of the main living area. The house has a confident, gently revealed presence; heavy and solid on its outer, and light and engaging as it’s experienced from the inside. The roof forms two gently sloping wings, the eaves projecting over three metres from the walls. A long, tapering axis runs from the entrance to the lightweight glazed-box that forms the main living space and its stunning views of the lake. Two courtyards are eroded from the edge of the square both separating and connecting the wings. One is a winter garden glazed on all sides, the other sunny and north-facing . Both work with the flow of the house. They give bursts of greenery and shafts of light within. An exciting example of thoughtful design and architectural vision; light and engaging.

The challenge

Balance two requirements: the welcome disturbance of family and guests; and peaceful, private day-to-day living in this beautiful lakeside setting.

The Context solution

This is a house of two connected halves but simultaneously a whole square with stamped out courtyards. One wing is for day-to-day living; the other accommodates guests.

It’s an arrangement that absorbs family gatherings without disrupting the peaceful feeling of the house and its riparian setting. There’s even a living area where grandchildren can make a noisy mess – still in sight of the main living area.

The house has a confident, gently revealed presence; heavy and solid on its outer, and light and engaging as it’s experienced from the inside. The roof forms two gently sloping wings, the eaves projecting over three metres from the walls. A long, tapering axis runs from the entrance to the lightweight glazed-box that forms the main living space and its stunning views of the lake.

Two courtyards are eroded from the edge of the square both separating and connecting the wings. One is a winter garden glazed on all sides, the other sunny and north-facing . Both work with the flow of the house. They give bursts of greenery and shafts of light within.

An exciting example of thoughtful design and architectural vision; light and engaging.

  • FIRM

    Context

  • Type

    Single Dwellings, Residential Estate

  • Design Style

    Contemporary, Tropical

  • Architect / Designer

    Context

  • Location

    Christchurch City

  • Status

    Completed

  • Year

    2018

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