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Timber Design Awards

Kashiwa

This new house is on a site looking out over the Tasman Bay on the outskirts of Nelson.

This new house is on a site looking out over the Tasman Bay on the outskirts of Nelson.
Our clients have a love of timber and wanted a simple, functional design with the structure of their home expressed visually. Scale was also important to them; their brief referring to “human scale” and “small rather than large”.
The building is composed of three wings. The living areas open to the North West to take advantage of the sun and views, it also opens up to a rear sheltered courtyard. The Western wing contains a large studio and master bedroom suite. The third wing containing bedrooms and service areas runs East West and in combination with the living wing, creates the sheltered courtyard. This courtyard is an important outdoor space for the family – sheltered and quiet.
The house is set out on a 2.4m module with Macrocarpa structural fames and Purple Heart veranda posts. The Purple Heart posts were put through a lathe to create the round posts. The Macrocarpa was sourced locally.
A custom rusticated cedar weatherboard profile was used to provide a flush finish to the exterior. The weatherboards were brought into the house in the entry lobby. Large cedar framed windows and doors maximise the views out to the Tasman Bay.
A palette of timber, plywood and Waitaha stone is used in the house. American oak flooring was laid over plywood and timber joists. Ceilings and joinery make use of hoop pine plywood.
Doors, skirtings and architraves are Macracarpa.
The rich palette of timbers has resulted in a refined design, and a warm and nurturing family home.