This pavilion home is open to and celebrates its bush and water environment while providing privacy from neighbours and shelter from the wind

Building designer: Garry Mayne, Chilton + Mayne Architecture

From the building designer:


Located on the canals of Lake Hood, Ashburton, this family home provided our owners with the perfect opportunity to create their dream home while combining their love of the outdoors and water sports.

The brief was for the house to be a timeless entertainer's home suited to an active lifestyle.

In addition, the home was to further enhance and have a connection with the surrounding environment and utilise the Lake Hood lifestyle as an extension of their backyard.

The homeowners liked the idea of using gabled forms and requested that all the primary spaces enjoy unobstructed canal and mountain views that provide a serene yet ever-changing dynamic outlook for the home.

In other considerations, the house had to achieve privacy from near neighbours on either side and also offer protection from the prevailing Easterly wind.

Design features and creative solution

With the brief in mind and the prevailing wind from the east, the solution was to design the house with two main pavilions connected in an elongated, asymmetrical H-shape, with gabled pavilion roofs running from east to west, towards the canal.

This arrangement allowed the bulk of the home to provide shelter from the wind, creating a series of terraces and courtyards that can be enjoyed – depending on weather patterns – and further extending their interaction with the surrounding environment.

This floor plan has the added advantage of bringing privacy from the neighbours left and right which was a key part of the initial concept designs.

“Initially, the house doesn’t give a lot away to the street façade – we deliberately kept windows to a minimum on the street side of the house while the front door sits centrally within the span," says Mayne.

A small water feature playfully references the house’s location but it is only once you enter the home that the expansive views are revealed.

The lack of fence to the street elevation and a generous green area allows the site to share the space with the surrounding neighbourhood, while a side entry garage door lessens the dominance of the garage door.

Raking ceilings increase volume and create a feeling of space beyond the square metre area of the floor plan.

Ample glazing on the north and west-facing side of the house opens the interior to the views and encourages engagement with the outdoor spaces.

With a black accented interior proposed to the master bedroom and the media room, these spaces evoke a cave-like feel.

Contrasting the dramatic living space, the media room connects the bedroom and living pavilions.

Darkly stained cedar facade elements were incorporated into the wider material palette.

“We balanced this look with white plaster accents to create a dichromatic scheme that has been married right through into the interior,” the building designer says.


Energy efficiency was addressed early within the design phase, with careful glazed opening placements, roof overhangs and sun angles have all been considered in a passive solar design approach of harnessing and managing the sun’s energy while limiting overheating at the same time.

Credit list

Structural engineer
TM Consultants
Interior designer
Ben Lewis, Trenzseater
Landscape installation
Kitchen designer
Chilton + Mayne
50mm AAC Panel with Sto plaster finish and Hermpac Shiplap – Cedar
Window/door joinery
Pacific Architectural Suite and Eurostacker Doors, from Altus
La Palma, from Mokum Studio
General heating
Fujitsu Ducted heating systems (x2)
Feature lighting
Dining – Commodore Chandelier, from Trenzseater; living and master bedroom – Coral, by David Trubridge
Dining table/chairs
XO Wood table; Claude chairs, from Trenzseater
Des Millar Construction
Interior architecture
Chilton + Mayne Architecture; Buchan Group; Tendzseater
Landscape design
Chilton + Mayne
Lighting design
Lume Design
Kitchen manufacturer
Kevin Farr Joinery
5 Rib
Main flooring
Carpet – Hilton Range, Belgotex carpet; hard Flooring – Woodland Lifestyle Bamboo, by Stoke
Double Alabaster Resene and Element Resene
Indoor – DL1100 (x2); outdoor – EF5000, both by Escea
Living area furniture
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: Garry Mayne, Chilton + Mayne Architecture

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Dennis Radermacher, Lightforge Photography

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