Sladdens Bush


+ Innovation


+ Private Residence


+ Residential

Situated within the North Canterbury Oxford hillside, the brief for this design was to be a celebratory response to its natural surroundings. The aim of the dwelling was not to detract from its landscape, but to be a simple use of space that was aimed at appreciating the setting and panoramic views.

Our response to the design brief was to create a multi-use compact abode, that allowed almost as much internal floor area as it did external decking. The modest internal plan is split between two rooms which house a multi-use space and a bathroom. The multi-use area acts as a kitchen, living and sleeping area and a sloped singular roofline with cantilevered eaves, helps to protect the dwelling from the prevailing elements caused by the ‘lee zone.’ High level clerestory windows and a frameless glass balustrade help to give residents an unobstructed panoramic view of the Canterbury plains.

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company


Sustainability was the most important aspect the designs brief. Due to the site’s location, it was fundamental the dwelling needed to be ‘off grid.’ Sustainable components include; solar panels placed downhill for power supply, filtered rainwater tanks for water supply, natural flow eco-waste water systems and natural construction materials where available.

The lee zone location meant that weather conditions also needed to be accounted for. 140mm external framing was chosen to provide a more efficient thermal envelope, and the northern tree line provided weather protection, and legally had to remain untouched, due to the trees being exchanged for carbon credits.

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