The architect has inventively approached a small site and limited budget to create a house that is both highly energy efficient and elegantly restrained. The form is sculptural, with irregularly placed windows enlivening the stark block façades while at the same time optimising sunlight and reducing heat-loss. Internally, both levels of the plan focus around a double-height living space with tall windows. Deep reveals to openings frame views of the valley and hills, and the city in the distance. Darkened walls create a sense of calmness and retreat. - NZIA Award Citation