Blake House is located less than a ten minute drive from central Nelson at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Atawhai. The section is steeply sloped with a North West orientation. Coming from a hot climate in Australia, the clients wished to create a very well-insulated three bedroom house which maximised the views out towards the Nelson haven, boulder bank and mountain ranges beyond.
The garage – the main form visible from the street – is a simple black box with timber accents. The building then steps down the slope with the ground floor nestling into the land. Entry to the house is via a timber walkway with cedar pergola. The generous entry foyer descends into the kitchen and dining areas with the living area partially separated by a two-sided fireplace. Floor to ceiling glazing enhances the view and brings the expanse of the Nelson haven inside. The master bedroom is tucked behind the kitchen, with views out to a Japanese garden from the ensuite. A light-filled timber stairwell leads to the ground level which includes guest bedrooms and a sauna. Outdoor living is provided by a long balcony at first floor and a paved patio at ground floor, accessed off the bedrooms and sitting area.
The house has a crisp exterior colour palette of black aluminium cladding with contrasting white soffits. This monochrome scheme is continued through to the interior where a combination of dark and light joinery is used along with subtle timber notes and surprising pops of colour.
The house takes on a sculptural quality in its bold exterior form and crisp, clean aesthetic. The different level changes and careful placement of glazing creates a playful dance of light and shadow throughout the day, while a pared back interior provides a sense of calm for the inhabitants.