The mountain retreat is a small structure which is situated high above the ground and facing shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. Its design is inspired by beautiful landscape views around. Floor-to-ceiling insulated windows in steel frames and roof terrace are things that enhance the ability to see picture-like mountains. The exterior of the building uses the heavily rendered stone to express a cubic form and integrate it into surround landscape.
A main sleeping space opens over the living space and is serviced by a centrally located bathroom. Heating set within the insulated floor slab provides additional comfort when required in the extremes of winter. The house gets the filtered water from a nearby mountain stream. Bottled gas is one of the main energy sources, although there is also electrical power provided. [Fearon Hay Architects]