Arthouse Architects

Kashiwa House - Interiors

This new house is on a beautiful site looking out over the Tasman Bay on the outskirts of Nelson. The house is composed of a long north facing wing to take advantage of the sun and views, and a wing running east west that creates a sheltered courtyard. A palate of timber, plywood and Waitaha stone are used in the house with extensive areas of glass. Our clients have a love of natural materials and wanted a simple, functional design with the structure of their home expressed visually. Scale was also important to them; their brief referring to “human scale” and “small rather than large”. The house is connected to the electrical grid but incorporates photo-voltaic cells to produce a significant proportion of the energy needs of the house. High levels of insulation and careful placement of north facing windows for solar gain ensure that the house is very warm and comfortable. The house was built beautifully by Lovell Inch Builders.