Wakatipu Basin House

The Wakatipu Basin is a glacial landform in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The site is two flat paddocks with the eroded path of the Shotover river forming the southern boundary.

This family residence references the rural structures that support the basin’s pastoral activities. The residence is a long rectangular form with roof and walls clad in folded zinc sheet. An opening frames views of the Remarkables to the south. A north facing steel loggia is glazed to provide the view north to Coronet Peak.

Project Details: Internal floor area 550m2. Construction completed end of 2005. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Gordon Gallagher. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography by Patrick Reynolds.

Recognition: Winner of an New Zealand Architecture Award (NZIA Awards 2008) Finalist for a New Zealand Architecture Supreme Award (NZIA Awards 2008) Published in the Architectural Review (UK, 2009) Published in the Phaidon Atlas 21st Century Architecture (Phaidon 2009)