Koroa House: a modernist Wānaka residence reconnecting its owners to their New Zealand roots

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01 October 2023

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Koroa House in Wānaka.
Koroa House is an intelligently designed, modernist response to its brief. Though robustly protective in its exterior form, once inside, the spatial experience is remarkably meditative.
Beacon Point Road is dotted with homes, but Koroa House's protective form and material palette curate a sense of privacy.
Beacon Point Road is dotted with homes, but Koroa House's protective form and material palette curate a sense of privacy.
A schist stone wall guides visitors toward the entry.
A schist stone wall guides visitors toward the entry.
Beneath the concrete veneer, a layer of timber framing is hidden, filled with insulation to warm occupants.
Beneath the concrete veneer, a layer of timber framing is hidden, filled with insulation to warm occupants.
The visuospatial experience is layered but clearly comprehensible, anchored by a central, north-facing courtyard.
The visuospatial experience is layered but clearly comprehensible, anchored by a central, north-facing courtyard.
The main bedroom wing sits on the lower level. North-facing cedar screens can be manipulated to enhance privacy, provide shade or to let light flow. Beneath each, a layer of pre-cladding acts as a rainscreen.
The main bedroom wing sits on the lower level. North-facing cedar screens can be manipulated to enhance privacy, provide shade or to let light flow. Beneath each, a layer of pre-cladding acts as a rainscreen.
Bedrooms are minimal in reflection of their primary purpose, favouring a connection to the outdoors.
Bedrooms are minimal in reflection of their primary purpose, favouring a connection to the outdoors.
Upstairs, on the third level, a tranquil living, kitchen and dining area, courtyard, and guest room await. 
Upstairs, on the third level, a tranquil living, kitchen and dining area, courtyard, and guest room await. 
The mountains peek over warm, American oak cabinetry.
The mountains peek over warm, American oak cabinetry.
The exterior material palette is robust and protective, largely formed of concrete and stone.
The exterior material palette is robust and protective, largely formed of concrete and stone.
In contrast, the interior material palette is soft and warm. The two are linked through their muted minimalism.
In contrast, the interior material palette is soft and warm. The two are linked through their muted minimalism.