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Ruby Ridge House in Wanaka

3 Nov 2020

Ruby Ridge House

Design: Condon Scott Architects

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

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

With a bold mask to the suburban street, this house leaves all the pleasure for the people who reside within its walls. Located on an elevated site in a relatively new subdivision overlooking Lake Wanaka, the house is a place to privately and comfortably indulge in the extensive mountain and lake views the alpine town is known for.

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Designed by Barry Condon of Condon Scott Architects, Ruby Ridge House is situated on a challenging, wedge-shaped site that borders two suburban streets. With a simple, mono-pitched roof and curve-edged, cedar-clad walls, the dynamic design directs the observer’s view towards the alpine panorama ahead, allowing the homeowners to enjoy their space without the sense of being overlooked.

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

“The Ruby Ridge site is bordered by suburban streets on two sides so we wanted create a design that would make the occupants of the house feel secure and not over looked from the street” says Barry Condon. “We also wanted to create some outdoor shelter as the site can experience strong seasonal on shore winds. To counter this, we have designed a series of internal courtyards so the occupants can retreat back into these spaces on windy days, effectively using the house as a windbreak whilst still maintaining a visual connection to the view.”

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Two types of cedar cladding, with a dark and a warm stain, accentuate the lines of the windows and roof. Boardform concrete contrasts with the timber, and both materials spill into the interiors, providing a visual consistency inside and out.

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

The living space is configured around courtyards that are sheltered, private, and flow seamlessly from the interiors, with the body of the house providing both a windbreak and a visual barrier. Linked through stacking aluminum sliders, these courtyards are an extension of the living space and can be enjoyed year-round, with a boardform concrete outdoor fireplace for cooler nights. The front deck also flows easily from the living area, with the French oak floorboards appearing to merge with the Kwila decking.

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Living spaces and bedrooms are located in the sun-soaked northern wing of the house, where the view is at its best. In the southern wing, the architect has located the garaging, guest bunkrooms and ancillary spaces.

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

“It was a challenging site to work with, but we knew the view would be paramount to the design,” says Barry Condon. “From the moment of entry into the foyer at the rear of the house, the space compresses and you are drawn through into the living room, with your eye focussed on the mountains and lake beyond.”

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Ruby Ridge House in Wanaka – Building Information:

Design: Condon Scott Architects

Project size: 290 sqm
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 1

Ruby Ridge House Wanaka

Photography © Simon Larkin

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Location: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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