The design of the house is based on the Kiwi bach which is the New Zealand holiday home, it’s a traditional house that’s found throughout the country… we use the bach to showcase the lifestyle that we have in New Zelaand. The values that we focussed on in designing this house were the social nature of the bach the way that it’s a really small dwelling but the whole family, the extended family, piles into the same space and using the spaces flexibly so accommodating more people during the day or at different times of the season in order to provide all the hot water needs for the whole house in New Zealand for the whole year The house is designed for an older couple, an eco conscious couple, the house is designed for New Zealand, for New Zealanders The spaces have been deisgned flexibly so we can maximise every sqaure metre of the house. This central space is really the heart of the home it contains the kitchen and the dining room its also the entranc enad exit, so in summer the doors can open tot he north and south adn it really does feel like you’re living outdoors. So the kitchen’s really compact for two inhabitants we’ve used energy efficient appliances and compact models as well so we can fit them well into the space. We’ve used a simple palette of metrials but also durable ones Teh primary function fo the study unit is to visually partition the bedroom off fromt eh rest of the spacea dn the peic eof urniture transforsm into a fully functioning study unit If you’re not using th eoffice you can actually foldn the table back up intot he unit and that allows for more space in the living area The lounge unit is where we can accomoodate temporay guests for a period time, the seat actually pulls out to become a double bed, and then a wall folds back to show a bunk bed So the house has been designed around eneriovnmentally sustainable principles, first and foremost sustainable materials have been used so the owner can be really confident that this is a really low energy sustainably sourced and built home The switches are located around the house to only use the lighting you need at the time to discourage overuse of lighting in the space however we’ve made it really easy to turn all the lighting off as you go out of the house with a master off switch at the door In this type of house and in New Zealand and in the bach we see home entertianment as a more of a human thing so the primary function of the house is really to encourage social interaction dining round the table, gathering, playing board games. We do have a home enterinament sytem and we’ve kept it nice and simple, all the qiring goes back to a patch panel int eh shed which means you can move you’re home entertainment around so we don’t have to have the DVD player next to the TV so it can be in a cupboard, it’s concealed from view it’s not It’s not always out but it’s conveniently accessible when needed its inviting form the outside, the canopy draws you into the centre of the space and we’ve worked hard to create a house that doesn’t look like it has a lot of sophisticated technolgy in it, it just goes on behind the scenes and when you’re inside you aren’t aware of the goings on of the house it just looks after itself.