Name: Red Cliffs House
Designer: MAP architects
Location : Christchurch, New Zealand
Redcliffs house is a contemporary residence constructed on a steep, sloping hill in Christchurch, New Zealand. The building faces the opposing side of the hill, allowing its inhabitants to enjoy the spectacular view of the beach and Kaikoura mountain ranges. MAP architects chose the location based on the topography of the site and the way the Eastern wind hits the building from the back, keeping away from disturbing the guests. The hill also shields part of the building from the sun while the facing side creates an appropriate sun trap near the pool area.
The interior is minimally decorated, but offers spacious living, leaving lots of wall room for art decor. The main entrance uses rare lava stone and wide walls, for a sleek and contemporary first impression. Stairs lead down from the main gallery to a glass-walled carport which also showcases the swimming pool area below. The residence itself was built upon the climate of its surroundings, which clearly has worked to the builder’s advantage.