Q&A with Tim Lovell (pictured with Ana O’Connell) of Lo’CA Architects
How can good design minimise the impact of Wellington’s notorious winds? Shelter is the key. The idea is that there will always be a covered outdoor space to escape to. In a storm, the indoor spaces are designed to feel connected to the surrounding landscape. Sliding doors are good for sites with high winds since they don’t slam, and the amount of opening can be finely controlled. Hunkering bedrooms into more sheltered, well-insulated, quiet areas ensures a peaceful sleep even in a strong storm. What was your best design decision with this house? The asymmetric angled roof and ceiling. It’s simple, sculptural and playful and follows the angle of the hill on which it’s sited. How does good design complement rather than distract from the spectacular view? A space is there to facilitate a connection with the surrounding landscape. We have the luxury in New Zealand of having the problem of how to manage often jaw-droppingly spectacular views.