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Hidden Hills Retreat in Wanaka

28 Oct 2020

Hidden Hills Retreat

Design: Condon Scott Architects

Location: Wanaka, Otago region, South Island, New Zealand

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

A rugged backdrop of kanuka forms a striking contrast with this contemporary Hidden Hills Retreat home, located at the base of Wanaka’s Mount Iron.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Comprising two pronounced wedge forms, the home steps down a sloped site, with an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room located in the main wing, where generous floor-to-ceiling glazing allows for uncompromised views of the mountains and lake beyond.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

The living spaces open seamlessly through stacking sliders and bi-folding doors onto a wrapped deck and terrace that nestles around the building’s form. Designed for entertaining, this transforms the home in the summer months, allowing for effortless movement between the interiors and outdoor living spaces.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

The rear wing contains the bedrooms, bathrooms and a media room. This wing is angled to take in further alpine vistas while also creating a sheltered outdoor space between the two wings. The glazed linkway can be opened to create a functional outdoor living area integrated with the adjacent terrace, or closed to form an internal courtyard.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

The strong forms of the rooflines guide the eye past the buildings towards the mountains and lake, while the black veranda creates a stepped punctuation against the roof, hinting at the changing levels within.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

“Horizontal natural timber cladding was chosen to draw the observer’s eye along the wedge-shaped roof form towards the view and align with the horizontal veranda plane,” says Barry Condon. “The idea was to create the illusion of the strong geometric form of the roof appearing to float over the site and to emphasise the step change in level.”

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Interiors are contemporary, with a modern palette of metals, grey soft furnishings and pristine tile floors and surfaces. One of the homeowners is a chef, so the kitchen features a large hob, double ovens, full pantry and instant hot water. Actively involved in the community, the homeowners enjoy entertaining and hosting dinners, a fact that is evident in the flexible nature of the design.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Condon Scott Architects is an award-winning, Wanaka-based practice that has completed over 600 residential and commercial projects in the Otago region over the past 30 years.

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Hidden Hills Retreat in Wanaka – Building Information:

Design: Condon Scott Architects

Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 1

Hidden Hills Retreat Wanaka

Photography © Simon Larkin

Hidden Hills Retreat, Wanaka images / information received 281020

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