A retreat and an asset, this family home encourages interaction

Nestled in a partially rural corner of Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury, New Zealand, a family home doubles as an inter-generational family asset.

Deliberately designed and built to encourage the family to engage, the home is made up of three structures that allow a degree of independent living surrounding a communal, causal outdoor space that calls the family together.

Timber was used to bring warmth, cohesion and honesty to the atmosphere, the pre-fabricated glue-laminated materials and cross-laminated panels keeping the family amused and warm during the cold winter months.

The unfinished cedar on the outside also offers a contrast with the dark-stained cedar used, weathering naturally alongside the family.


Architects: Cymon Allfrey Architects
Location: Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Year of completion: 2017
Photo credits: Stephen Goodenough