Cascade House

Wellington is a wonderful city, but it’s also a windy city. It's an environment where gale force winds batter homes and buildings on a regular basis. Add a dash of salt water to the mix and you’ve got conditions that will test the mettle of any structure.


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Ironsand, MAXX®, Cascade House

A whole host of conditions and requirements went into the planning and build of this Wellington, cliffside home. The structure had to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape. The slope, access and neighbouring properties had to be taken into account. As well as the council planning requirements and site limitations.

The 11m drop from the top of the site down to the parking area was another challenge. As was the exposed nature of the site, which gets buffeted by everything from horizontal rain to strong southerly and westerly winds.

The complexity of this project meant that finding the right materials for cladding was very important. The brief was clear — any materials used had to be low-maintenance, tough, and cost-effective.

Ironsand, MAXX®, Cascade House

COLORSTEEL® roofing and cladding ticked all of the right boxes. COLORSTEEL® MAXX® 0.55 BMT mm was specified, with flashings to match.

Natural materials such as hardwood decking, cedar weatherboards and locally-sourced exposed aggregate concrete were used to complement both the COLORSTEEL® cladding and the surrounding environment.

Strategically positioned schist walls were inspired by the rocks from the local cliffs. The COLORSTEEL® roof and wall cladding, as well as the grey tinted glass and aluminium joinery reflect the natural colour pallet of this prime Wellington site.

Photography Ivor Earp-Jones - 027 443 0807

Supplier Dimond

Roofer Belmont Plumbers Ltd

Architect Studio MWA Ltd

Builder John Poutawera

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