Actual Architecture Co.

Actual Architecture Co.

Omaha, NE


Wanaka Wedge House

Located on an isolated ridge facing the Southern Alps, the Wedge House complements the dramatic Otago landscape. The geometric primitive exterior form belies a complex and playful interior. Asymmetric window placement contrasts the simple shape of the house. The main house ‘wedge’ is clad in dark gray, corrugated metal panels echoing the contemporary New Zealand vernacular while the contrasting cube of the garage and wine cellar is clad in light gray metal with a matching roof membrane. On the interior, a surface of custom-milled, locally-farmed Eucalyptus boards wraps certain floors, walls, and ceilings to thematically separate public and private spaces.

The Wedge House is a prototype designed to be adjusted for different sites, originating with a site on the coast of Maine. Plans for the Wedge House may be purchased from Actual Architecture Co. or

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Status: Built
Location: Wanaka, NZ
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Construction Documents: Ian Perry, Architectural Designer, I Design, Oamaru, NZ
Building Engineer: Richards Consulting Engineers, Christchurch, NZ
General Contractor: Matthew Colebrook, Colebrook & Co. Ltd., Wanaka, NZ
Wood supplier: John Fairweather Specialty Timber Solutions, Sefton, NZ