katipo design is a Dunedin-based Architectural Design Firm specialising in Residential Buildings on difficult sites with amazing views.

Threepwood Resident's Pavilion

Lake Hayes, Queenstown

A simple cottage in keeping with the vernacular language of the Wakatipu basin, the Residents’ Pavilion at Threepwood on the shores of Lake Hayes is an adjunct to the recreational facilities offered to owners of the surrounding homes.

The simple rectangular form has been divided into separate “implied spaces” by the central location of the kitchenette/shower room while French doors looking out to the tennis court add “implied circulation”. This provides separation for quiet drinks beside the fire, or rowdy billiards competition, and allows easy reconfiguration of space for larger functions such as weddings.
The local topography casts shade onto the building for much of the year, with car parking and the tennis court dictating the building orientation. Windows to the East and West are positioned to catch as much warmth from the sun as possible.
Although the building leaves only an 86m² footprint, the soaring ceiling adds a sense of space which is strongly enhanced by the massive rough-sawn macrocapa trusses. A particularly controversial decision was to use rough-sawn exterior grade cedar grooved ply as the ceiling lining, however the scale of the product convincingly talks the Central Otago language.
The success of the building is the implied spaces, where different groups of people can
share the one open room and multitude of activities harmoniously.