This is a home of two halves – one public, one private – the view-centric design also looks to the future with state-of-the-art passive heating

Designed by MnM Design

From the house designer:

This project started with one of those challenging sections that nobody dares to take on.

The small (378 m²) hill site falls 6.5m over roughly 20m. 

To take full advantage of the site/views and to reduce earthworks to a minimum, the design follows the landscape. 

Seven different floor levels are staggered up the hill with all levels connected by short sets of stairs. 

Through this design the house offers different views on every level and to all sides – from a rural outlook to a view of Mount Ruapehu. 

The two slices of this building have roofs that go opposite ways. 

One segment houses the living, dining, kitchen and garage (underneath), the other has bedrooms and bathrooms. 

The main stairs cut through the middle of the segments.

Exterior cladding is a combination of a trapezoidal metal and horizontal larch weatherboard. 

The metal has a soft green hue that represents the colours of wilderness/nature and goes well with the orange tinted timber. 

We used protruding vertical battens over a background of horizontal timber weatherboards to emphasise the height and shape of the house and added a white trim around the facade to bring more depth into the design.

Energy efficiency and comfortable living were high on the agenda when detailing the exterior shell. 

This house is the designer's response to proposed new insulation requirements, but does exceed the regulations in interior comfort. 

With special detailing around rebated, thermally broken aluminium joinery, hand built oversized timber framing with removal of thermal bridging and usage of vapour barriers on the full inside of the house, this home relies on its orientation and exterior insulation shield to store the heat. 

A woodfire has been added for ambience and as a backup for power outage only. 

A combination of passive ventilation, for when the house is not occupied, and mechanical ventilation activated by a humidity sensor, will keep the house free of moisture.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
MnM Design
Interior designer
Marije Regeer, MnM Design
Ribline800, from Roofing Industries
Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper
Woodsman Serene
RT Construction
Kitchen designer
Eastwood Kitchens
Hermpac DuraLarch horizontal weatherboards with 4x2" battens; Ribline800 vertical metal cladding, from Roofing Industries
Window/door joinery
Fairview thermal broken joinery (recessed)
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: MnM Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Glyn Hubbard Photography

01 Oct, 2023

Home kitchen bathroom commercial design

We know the Specialists

Related Book


We have got all the best ideas and advice to help you with your plans and ideas. 

Read More

Similar Stories