A remote five-bedroom luxury lodge which “wraps its guests in in a protective cloak” against the ravages of the Southern Alps had taken top honours at the World Architecture Festival.
The stunning Lindis Lodge, designed by Kiwi firm Architecture Workshop, won the Hotel and Leisure – Completed Buildings category at the prestigious international festival in Amsterdam, with judges decribing it as “poetic, inspiring and sensitively considered, with sustainability at its best”.
The property overlooks Ahuriri River near Omarama, an exposed site subject to frequent strong winds and temperature ranging from 35 degrees in summer to minus 16 in winter.
Chris Kelly of Architecture Workshop told Stuff the win was aided by the “fabulous New Zealand landscape”.
“The building wraps its guest in a protective cloak, and we hope heightens their capacity to appreciate in wonder the special landscape of the Ahuriri,” he said.
Barely visible from a distance, the property features extensive use of natural timbers and sits within the landscape offering uninterrupted views of its surrounds.
It was commissioned by the Lindis Group as part of a bespoke luxury collection which includes Russel’s Paroa Bay Winery and Chalet New Zealand in Queenstown.
The property was recognised by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects at its national awards earlier this year and beat off competition from 16 shortlisted new hotels around the globe to take the world title.
It is powered by state-of-the-art energy systems which allow it to run off grid, including an underfloor heating system, a geothermal heat pump system with ground source collector field and LPG gas condensing boilers for backup when needed. It also has a backup generator in a buried energy shed.
Drinking water is filtered from the on-site bore and rainwater harvesting system, and black and grey water systems discharge to a biodegradable sewage treatment plant.
The beautiful overhanging roof, which resembles a bird with wings outstretched, provides insulation and incorporates an airtight membrane. Double glazing also aids insulation, and heat recovery ventilators provide fresh air and extract air ventilation.
Duct work behind the stone chimney breast recirculates heated air in lofty main hall.