Threefold Architecture 2 Lismore House

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Director
    Bryce Monk
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Bryce Monk
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    Blair Coupe Building Ltd., Jamie Cobel Photography
  • Client
    Blair & Bronnie Coupe

Sitting above Roys Bay in Wanaka, Lismore House appears as a collection of rectangular forms which turn their back to the street and open out toward the views across the bay and Roy’s Peak beyond. Dark steel and timber claddings draw on the natural palette offered by the site’s surroundings.

Once inside, the home for Blair and Bronnie opens through strategically placed openings to maximise on the views whilst maintaining a sense of privacy, comfort and warmth. Moments of privacy and release continue throughout the interior by use of vertical timber and steel screens, moveable walls and high level windows. Privacy and flexibility were important to Blair and Bronnie, who wanted separate spaces for them and their teenage son and also for a separate flat which could be used for guests. Also important, was a sense of home, warmth and comfort within the building which becomes particularly appealing on a cold Central Otago day.

The property is divided into 3 zones. The upper level is occupied by open plan living spaces, a study, and the master suite. Flexibility and privacy is provided via carefully detailed heavy steel corner doors which disappear back into the walls when opened. The lower level has been split into a dedicated zone for their teenage son, as well as a separate 2 bedroom flat.

The project was a collaborative effort between designer Bryce Monk, Blair as the builder and Bronnie who brought an individuality to each interior space. The dark warm timber tones of the exterior are extended into the interior and offered a neutral canvas with pops of colour, texture and individuality to each of the spaces. An early collaborative approach was paramount to the project and has culminated into a well-functioning home for the couple to enjoy.