Manawahe House, Manawahe

A house designed to nestle just below the crest of a rise, to follow the contours, to absorb the northerly sun and to give incredible views over the lagoon and lake to every room.

The approach was altered so that vehicles come through a copse of trees at the rear of the house and then visitors climb steps along a narrowing cut through the hill crest to the entry.  Only when admitted do they see the panorama of the view.

The two different family owners share the living/dining/kitchen areas but have their own bedrooms and ensuites at each end of the linear building that ‘snakes’ around the hill side providing varied views.

A retreat that has served both families well.

WINNER NZIA Branch Award 2000

Manawahe House

Award for Architecture