Client Brief The client’s original brief was to view some American movies, which featured houses they liked. It was to be a lodge that could be used by family as a holiday home, or rented when the family was not in residence.

Parlante Solution Although the clients had directed us to American houses they liked, we researched and referenced historic buildings relevant to Queenstown. Local and natural materials were also incorporated to reinforce the vernacular tradition.

The exterior of the house is detailed in a traditional manner, while employing more contemporary lines to the interior. As a result, the house fits into its landscape while being a light and open, contemporary home.

Extended family uses the house at the same time, so open plan spaces that flow into each other have also been designed to be split if more separation is desired.

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