Arrowtown House is a modest dwelling situated on the edge of a historic gold mining town in the South Island of New Zealand. It stands on a small plot surrounded by trees, and its small but simple design seamlessly merges with the historic constructions that surround it. Designed by Kerr Ritchie, this humble home uses natural local materials, passive solar principles, and is powered by geothermal energy.
With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping it’s back to the busy street. The home’s interiors are bright and airy, and the furniture was custom made with local lightwood.
Constructed in different levels to adapt to the sloping terrain, it features plenty of double glazed windows that help with energy savings while pulling magnificent views of the surrounding mountains into the home. Created with passive solar principles, this unique multi-layered home also uses geothermal energy to bring down its carbon footprint.
Photos by Paul Mc Credie