House at Pounui Ridge

Project Description

This house on Pounui Ridge in the South Wairarapa curves along the hillside site contours with sunny promenade galleries off which living, study, home theatre and bedroom spaces open.


The forms of the house respond to the natural environment character with turf roofs partly burying the house into the land.  Principle rooms and galleries admit copious sun from north facing glazing with extensive views and outlook to the south. Sheltered courtyards and terraces provide generous linkages to the site between the major interior spaces.


Heated polished concrete floors, white painted off the boxing concrete walls and natural timbers and ceramics provide dramatic interiors for paintings, sculptures and personal expression of the clients.


NZIA Wellington Architecture Award 2008

Pounui, Wairarapa
New House
Time of Project         
Start 1994 - Completed 1996
Value of Project         

Project Team

Gordon Moller


Structure Design


Ron Allan