Wanaka Crib

Wanaka Crib

pac studio
Wanaka, New Zealand | View Map
Project Year
Private Houses
Simon Devitt
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
skylight - Fixed SkylightVELUX Commercial
Roofing - Corrugate roofingDiamond
Cladding - Cedar Beavelback Weatherboards CladdingRosenfeld Kidson

Product Spec Sheet
by Sika
skylight - Fixed Skylight
by Alape
Roofing - Corrugate roofing
by Diamond
by Rinnai
Cladding - Cedar Beavelback Weatherboards Cladding

Wanaka Crib

pac studio as Architects

In a wood-lined field, near Wanaka’s lake edge, the Wanaka Crib is composed of two gables and a chisel roof slipping transcurrently past one another to make three enclosed courtyards. Each courtyard creates a specific relationship with the interior. The lounge and dining spill out to a north-facing entertainment patio, bounded by an angular concrete cooking fire. The kitchen connects to a sheltered southern working garden, enclosed by a grape bearing espalier frame made of reinforcing steel. The eastern terrace gives access to the self-contained bunkroom providing privacy from the public reserve and boulevard of trees.


The crib is a place to relax and focus on the social side of food, where cooking and dining become a culinary performance connected to the landscape.  At 150-m2, the crib has the intimacy of a small house, but can comfortably sleep ten people, with two double bedrooms, an attic loft for two, and a bunk room with four beds.


The detailing exaggerates and abstracts southern green roof sheds to create the look of an ad hoc settlement. Façade elements accent the composition - a mustard reading nook box, concealed venting openings, triangulated high-level windows, and corrugated steel wall with floating entry boardwalk. The graduated weatherboards and razor-thin roof edge detail make a striking profile. The interior is lined with a combination of southern beech, recycled kauri, rimu, plywood and terrazzo. Dark concrete floors merge with local stone paving dissolving to the grassy surrounds.


Material Used:

1. Rosenfeld Kidson – Cladding - Cedar Beavelback Weatherboards Cladding

2. Eurotech – Joinery - Joinery with drydens oil/clear seal

3. F.L. Bone – Fireplace - Radiante 844-2 fireplace

4. Diamond – Roofing - Corrugate roofing

5. Velux Skylight – skylight - Fixed Skylight

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