This house, by Rogan Nash Architects, has been designed as two pavilions linked by an offset walkway.

This house, by Rogan Nash Architects, has been designed as two pavilions linked by an offset walkway.

Clerestory windows allow light to spill over the covered terrace and into the living area.

Clerestory windows allow light to spill over the covered terrace and into the living area.

A high stud coupled with outdoor spaces on both sides give a sense of the living area being almost marquee-like.

A high stud coupled with outdoor spaces on both sides give a sense of the living area being almost marquee-like.

Built into a steeply sloping site, this modular house by Box features two stacked pavilions set perpendicular to each other.

Built into a steeply sloping site, this modular house by Box features two stacked pavilions set perpendicular to each other.

East-facing living areas enjoy views out over Bream Bay towards the Hen and Chickens Islands.

East-facing living areas enjoy views out over Bream Bay towards the Hen and Chickens Islands.

While not a true cantilever, the deck gives an indication of how steeply sloping the site is.

While not a true cantilever, the deck gives an indication of how steeply sloping the site is.

This holiday home near Wanaka, designed by Mason & Wales Architects, steps down the hillside over three levels, with a floating roof plane that follows the contour of the slope.

This holiday home near Wanaka, designed by Mason & Wales Architects, steps down the hillside over three levels, with a floating roof plane that follows the contour of the slope.

Large schist fireplaces counter the expansive glazing, visually anchoring the house to the land and imparting a sense of permanence.

Large schist fireplaces counter the expansive glazing, visually anchoring the house to the land and imparting a sense of permanence.

Glu-lam trusses in the open-plan living area match the columns on the verandah.

Glu-lam trusses in the open-plan living area match the columns on the verandah.

The material palette of timber and stone features inside also, lending cohesion tot he internal and external spaces.

The material palette of timber and stone features inside also, lending cohesion tot he internal and external spaces.

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