Twin Gables

Client Brief

The client sought a single level family home that maximised views from a steep elevated site and incorporated several outdoor spaces for different times of the day during their retirement. They were from a farming and building background so where interested in referencing traditional gabled barns with an interpretive modern styling for the exterior and interior image and layout.

Creative Solution & Design Features

The house is conceptualised as long offset gabled building forms with outdoor living decks located for east morning sun, north midday sun and west evening sun. The house is located at the rear of the site orientated as high as possible to take full advantage of an elevated and commanding view of the Mosgiel Township, Taieri Plains and Maungatua Range whilst maximising the best daylight and solar gain.

Upward views from the road entry and neighbours below provide privacy to indoor and outdoor living spaces. Extensive landscaping with terracing nestles the building into the hillside while emphasising the strong linear gabled forms and floating effect of the house cantilevered floors and decks.

The east gabled form incorporates garage, foyer, guest bedrooms, bathroom, Laundry and access to open service court and vegetable garden. A second east gabled form includes pantry, kitchen and lounge connected to main living space of west gabled form. The west gabled form incorporates main entry, hallway, guest bedroom, main bedroom, dressing room, and ensuite.

The house has a natural material and colour palette of stained cedar wall cladding, Iron Sand euro tray roofing and steelwork, schist stone walls and exposed aggregate concrete paving and driveway. Polished concrete floor with timber inlays and soft tonal paint combinations for walls and ceilings provide light, spacious interiors that defer to capture outstanding views.

The outcome is a home that references traditional barn forms, materials and colours whilst offering modern day indoor and outdoor living spaces to the enjoyment of the owners and visitors.

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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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