Lakeside Drive


+ Creativity


+ Private Residence


+ Residential

Situated on a prime lake front site, taking advantage of the striking waterfront views and surrounding North Canterbury environment, sits this stunning collaboration of simplistic geometric forms. Gaining sculptural identity as a local landmark, this dwelling also functions as a comfortable 4-bedroom home. Purposeful and highly detailed decisions have ensured the structural simplicity of the design with each glazing element carefully placed, to capture the finest parts of the sites outlook onto Lake Pegasus.

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.


Designed as a formal response to its surroundings, this residence is located on a small site bordering the western edge of Lake Pegasus. The configuration of the dwelling incorporates a simple layout of two black and white contrasting box formations delicately placed one atop the other to sculpt an elegant cantilevered form, that maximises the views over Lake Pegasus and the surrounding Canterbury hillside.

The lower form consists of the garage / main entry and separate guest quarters. A 2.7-metre-high ceiling portrays a sense of greater volume in the 75m² space consisting of two bedrooms, a single bathroom with separate toilet and an independent kitchenette / living space offering views over Lake Pegasus.  In a response to an issue commonly found in small urban sites with a lack of sunlight, separate small ‘break out’ terraces have been created with extensive landscaping along the exterior to offer guests a choice of evening and morning terraces, whilst also maximising sunlight into the  eastern orientated external and internal spaces.

The upper cantilevered form consists of the owners main living quarters and external terrace. A raking ceiling follows the roof line accentuating the mono-pitched form, leading to a completely glazed end capitalising on the views over Lake Pegasus. Separate pockets of glazing project views out over neighbouring rooftops to Mt Thomas and the surrounding hillside. The upper living space incorporates two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate toilet and the main kitchen / living space. To maximise the use of the lower level structure, a timber decked terrace has been formed over the lower story garage with a glazed balustrade to retain the ‘box’ aesthetic impression.

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