Far Horizon

Client Brief

The client admired a holiday home we designed in Arrowtown consisting of gable ended pavilion building forms separated by a glazed flat roof entry. They sought a design with similar forms, materials and colours that referenced traditional Central Otago buildings.

Their home was to be designed to enjoy casual holiday life in Wanaka for entertaining family and friends both indoors and outdoors and capture the landscape views North and South.

Creative Solution & Design Features

The Far Horizon House is an L shaped plan arrangement of pitched roof gabled building forms linked by flat roof areas with glass walls to create a south entry court and north outdoor living court. The layout has an emphasis on indoor to outdoor living with extensive north facing glazing including stacking sliding doors orientated toward Lake Wanaka and surrounding mountain range views.


The main entry is into the central pavilion of Dining with sloping ceilings, adjacent Kitchen east and Lounge west with flat ceilings to delineate spaces within an open plan layout. A Snug adjacent Kitchen provides an intimate space for audio-visual entertainment. East pavilion has main bedroom, dressing room, ensuite double garage and stair to Study and Bunkroom. West Pavilion has 2 Guest Bedrooms with Ensuites, Laundry, Toilet and Service Court screened by stone walls.

The house has a restrained material and colour palette of dark stained cedar wall cladding, Iron Sand euro tray roofing and steel work, plaster and schist stone walls and exposed aggregate concrete paving and driveway. Polished concrete floor with timber inlays and soft earthy tonal combinations for walls and ceilings that provide light, spacious interiors that defer to views or art work. The materials and colours are chosen to celebrate and reinterpret the traditional barn typology whilst also blending naturally into the outstanding Central Otago landscape.

The outcome is a holiday home that the client loves to share with family and friends that is building memories to continue as a family legacy holiday home for their future generations.


The utlimate holiday house - ODT, 13 Jan 2017

Top 10 Most Viewed Project - ArchiPro, 2019

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Gary Todd Architecture


18 Estuary Crescent
Fairfield, Dunedin

Head Office: 03 488 4594

Central Otago

62 Lagoon Avenue
Albert Town, Wanaka

Gary Todd: 027 279 9306


53b Edward Avenue
Edgeware, Christchurch

Courtney Todd: 027 388 6504

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