An arrival court provide a sense of intimacy before entering the house. The house is essentially three gable forms that step down the site, linked by flat roofed stone walls. The house reflects traditional forms reminiscent of the South Island region. The living areas were wrapped around two courtyards facing the north and south, allowing flexibility for sun, wind and privacy from adjacent dwellings. Natural light is brought deep into the house through large dormer windows.
A simple palette of natural stone, plaster, slate roofing and steel plate are used on the exterior. This palette is extended into the interior to compelte a unified finish.