Owens House

Rafe Maclean Architects

"An elegant fortress, this Wānaka dwelling uses minimal materials and fine-lined detail to give it a strong-yet-subtle presence in its suburban context.

The house is made up of two volumes – one a garage and office, the other the main home – set around an internal courtyard and decking. These spaces in between are as celebrated as the buildings themselves.    

With high performance in terms of thermal efficiency – overhangs to the north; clerestories to the south – it is equally engineered for shade and shelter, warmth and comfort. An essential machine for living in. No more, no less. " 


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