The small single level energy efficient Olive Grove House is located near the end of the Kawarau Gorge, in Central Otago, New Zealand — wine country. Designed by Team Green Architects it makes the most of picturesque views from every angle…
Linear Design for Private Views
Organised in a linear fashion the three bedrooms are accessed from the rear of the open kitchen and living area. Each bedroom has private views of the quiet countryside.
Timber Framed for Energy Efficiency
The house is built primarily from timber framing. The use of steel is limited because of cost and the desire to reduce thermal bridging through the structure. The house is well insulated for thermal protection.
Passive Solar Design
Designed along the north/south axis the west and east facades receive plenty of sun for solar gain while the north elevation is protected by courtyard shading.
Modest and Low Maintenance
The house is clad in profiled metal skin for easy maintenance. Inside, the finishes are modest and minimal, letting the view take centre stage.
Sheltered Location Amongst the Olive Grove
Situated on the highest point of the site this modest house is protected from the wind by the surrounding olive grove while being just high enough to view the surrounding vineyards and dramatic landscape.