The Situation

Overlooking Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps the project had a steep house site, but there was a clear vision of what it was to become.

The Dacha as it would be named means 'home away from home', which for the owners has a very special meaning. Dreaming of building not just a hotel or lodge but a space to be enjoyed and shared by people from throughout the world, they wanted their home to be unforgettable.

With the scenery of this incredible location being paramount to the design of the home, the brief was to not let the house get in the way of the view. This required it to complement the surroundings, while also ensuring it met the strict resource consent conditions of the region.