Ohau House was designed by Hamish Wixon (McCoy Wixon Architects) to create a corrugated iron getaway for admiring the view but also a home hunkered into the landscape to withstand the fabulously austere climate. The zincalume exterior was chosen because of its relationship to the much older corrugated iron woolsheds on sheep stations in the region. The house deliberately looks nondescript from the street with the interior design focussing on the awesome views with full length windows and bi-fold doors creating ever-changing vistas from the open plan living area and the bedrooms. The large front deck overlooking Lake Ohau and the sheltered courtyard provide different options for outdoor living.
Ohau House is photographed by Graham Warman.
An open fireplace, underfloor heating, double-glazed windows, sun- blinds and sheltered courtyard allow guests to be comfortable in all the extremes of seasonal weather.
The dining and living area contains a table with 8 chairs, modular lounge furniture, telephone, CD/DVD player, speakers for ipod/iphone, direct-to-air satellite radio and TV, open fireplace with stored wood, and books/magazines.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a large stainless steel fridge and freezer, dishwasher, oven and electric cooktop, pullout pantry, Corian benches, kitchen island, as well as a double sink with pull-out mixer tap, and a full range of kitchenware and small appliances for cooking, baking and outside BBQ.
Facing north east, the deck provides sweeping views of Ben Ohau, the Southern Alps and towards the local township of Twizel. Glass windows and bi-folding doors on the deck allow for comfortable dining and relaxation through all seasons, and a place to enjoy the changing natural light, colours, shadows and weather.
The indoor dining table and chairs can be used as outdoor furniture on the deck overlooking the lake or in more sheltered courtyard area on other side of the house. The gas BBQ can also be moved to either outdoor dining area via large bi-fold doors leading to deck or via double doors to the courtyard.
The courtyard has been designed to create additional seats via greywacke boulders surrounded by tussocks and bordered with up lighting under beech trees.
Each of the two bedrooms has a Queen size bed and its own external door and small private balcony. Both come with bedside tables and lights, chair, electric blankets, high quality beds and bed linen.
The bathroom has an adjustable shower, large shower area, toilet, large basin, and hairdryer.
The laundry provides a washing machine, washing tub, clothes dryer and drying rack, iron and ironing board.