Lower Shotover House
This house overlooks the Shotover River in the foreground with Coronet Peak as a back drop. The
brief for this house was to be adventurous.
The most striking feature of this house is the upside-down wing-shaped roof which leads the eye
up and outwards from inside. The roof feels weightless, almost like a cloud. The polished concrete
floors absorb heat from the sun in winter. In summer the deep eaves keep unwanted heat at bay.
The honed concrete block walls absorb heat in the winter and yet prevent overheating in the
summer. Plenty of doors and high level windows promote cross ventilation.
NZIA Southern Architecture Award