New Zealand is a country where the landscape around the house steals the show more often than not. But the Wanaka House designed by Three Sixty Architectu manages to holds its own with a design that includes a couple of gable roofs and an interior that puts the focus firmly on the view outside. The house is draped in smoked carbon stained timber with corten steel panels making it a unique and elegant structure with durability. Thermomass panels around the house improve insulation and ensure that the interior remains warm even during winter months that are rough in this region of the world.

Thermomass panels, Corten steel and smoked carbon stained timber exterior of the New Zealand house

Living and dining areas of the house share a double-sided fireplace while the open plan living area flows into the landscape outside. Décor inside the house is simple and minimal with gray, white and wood shaping almost the entire house. A glass link connects one wing of the house with the other and transition between different spaces is all too seamless. Photovoltaic panels, geothermal energy and other sustainable sources power a home that feels organic, smart and inviting across all seasons. [Photography: Simon Devitt]

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Sustainable house in New Zealand with glass walls and gabled roof
Beautiful landscape outside the home becomes a part of the interior
Bookshelves anchor the living room while adding color and accent features
Central courtyard of the house with a comfortable sitting area
Gray interior of the kitchen with gabled roof and glass walls that bring light inside

A combined inslab heating and hot water heat pump system are powered by 5kWh of discretely placed photovoltaic panels. Appropriate use and positioning of Thermomass concrete, and large glazed openings allow for natural heating and cooling as much as possible, allowing the house to run at a very low cost.

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Open design of the house connected to the landscape outside
Open plan living area of the house with dining room and kitchen next to it
Outdoor spaces around the Wanaka House
Oversized pendants in black accentuate the gabled roof of the house
Series of floor-to-ceiling glass panels connect the interior with the world outside
Floor plan of Wanaka House in New Zealand

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