Arrowtown House

Firm LocationAuckland, New Zealand
CompanyRTA Studio
Lead ArchitectRichard Naish
Design TeamRich Naish, Mitch Round, Roger Graham

Nestled an alpine basin in the Alps of NZ, the Arrowtown House rises from the landscape. The house is conceived as a series of pavilions that, like the rock forms or rusted goldmining remnants – context of the area. Set into the ground, they follow the contours of the land rather than modifying them. The house is ‘of the land’ rather than ‘on the land’. Spaces are orientated towards mountain views and are organised around an entry forecourt court. The house is entered via a vestibule, which leads to the living pavilion. Beyond the vestibule is a glazed ambiguous living space, neither in nor out.