Waipapa House


Waipapa House


The client was living in Canada when they approached DLM Architects with the desire to move back home to New Zealand and build their first home for their family.  As a first home and a self build, the brief for this house was ambitious.  They wanted a two storey A-frame house with a central hearth. The upper floor was to have a low stud height and contain the master bedroom, baby room and a mezzanine space that could be used to practice yoga. This project was unique as the entire design and documentation process was done via emails and video conference.


Large windows flood the interior with ample natural light and connect the inside to the green rolling hills that surround the house. Natural materials such as polished concrete floors and timber sarking ceilings were used to add warmth and ground the house into the site. The bespoke handmade concrete kitchen island stands in the center of the space gathering family and visitors around it.

The light and bright interior is a contrast to a black box exterior where Stria cladding was used to clad the entire house with a few indents of Abodo timber in the recesses to bring some warmth to the pallet.

The build though long was meticulously finished with a great end result which is testament to client/builder and architect.