What a view! The Lake Hawea Courtyard House in Lake Hawea, New Zealand by Glamuzina Paterson Architects certainly has beautiful views in spades. Surrounded by amazing natural landscapes, it can be tough to build in that sort of environment. Do you create architecture that perfectly blends in with the nature around it? Or do you build something amazing that stands out completely on its own? If you’re smart, you do both.
“The physical context was the driver of the formal arrangement of the house in Lake Hawea. It was decided that the overall shape should be a low singular form bunkered in the landscape that responds formally to the immediate context within which it is placed. The courtyard type allowed the building to address continuous enclosure and protection from the elements.”
“We are influenced by the history and evolution of New Zealand architecture given our diverse landscapes The building responds to a series of historical precedents, including the language of the early settler buildings in Arrowtown and central Otago that utilize low slung, stone construction to deal with the extreme environment.”
What do you think’s better…the house or the views?