Kashiwa House


Photographer: Kashiwa Photography


This new house is on a beautiful site looking out over 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 is used in the house with extensive areas of glass.

Their brief refers to “human scale” and “small rather than large”.

Our clients have a love of natural materials and wanted a simple, functional design with the structure of their home expressed visually.

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 ensures that the house is very warm and comfortable.

The house was built beautifully by Lovell Inch Builders.

Completed: 2014
Contractors: Lovell Inch Builders
Awards: NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award 2015- Housing
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