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Upton Street Apartments




Wanaka, New Zealand


Winner – 2023 NZIA Southern Multi Unit Residential Architecture Award – NZIA (New Zealand Institute of Architects) Awards


National Category Winner – 2022 National Master Builders New Zealand House of the Year Awards – Multi Unit Housing


Regional Category Winner & Gold – 2022 Southern Master Builders New Zealand House of the Year Awards – Multi Unit Housing

Located in central Wanaka, within an easy walk to the lake and township, these five luxury, architecturally-designed townhouses are designed to be low maintenance for holiday or cosmopolitan living. Each townhouse has a private, sheltered courtyard with expansive decking flowing seamlessly from the living area, creating a natural suntrap to relax and entertain. Each townhouse is bathed in natural light and fitted with premium fixtures and fittings for a high level of ease and comfort.

The materials palette is contemporary and alpine. Vertical, lightly stained cedar and black steel tray clads the exterior, while the interior features warm timber and a stacked schist feature wall and fireplace in the spacious open plan living area.

The second storey of the house is slightly cantilevered over the ground floor, resembling a ‘floating’ upper level, accentuated further by the contrasting exterior cladding. The adjoining pitched roofline is reminiscent of the surrounding mountainous landscape, giving the apartments a distinctly modern, chalet-style appearance. Deep, angled window eaves deflect the sun’s intensity while retaining a sense of light and space within.