Begbie House

Begbie House

Our client’s vision for Begbie House was to create a home to capitalise on the spectacular views to Tasman bay and beyond; the site, located on the top of the Port Hills towards the northern most point along the ridge, provides a vantage point for 270-degree views from the Port to the Waimea plans.

The design was generated by the following drivers:


    • Creating a building which provides a vantage point for the views to Tasman Bay


    • Maximises its northern orientation and views


    • Has a good connection to sheltered outdoor living spaces despite the elevated levels


    • A thermally efficient building utilising natural ventilation and thermal mass


    • An upper floor apartment with the ability to open up the remainder of the building for guests


  • Provide privacy despite the elevated nature of the building
A view through Begbie House

Begbie House’s design maximises the views from the site by building on a compact floor plan over three levels. Terraces open to the east, north and west allowing open and peaceful enjoyment of the views, and options for seeking shelter and out of the wind depending on the direction. The terraces provide effective shading in summer while allowing the lower winter sun to penetrate. 


The feature glass fins server to provide both privacy, shading and shelter, with the fins incorporating a ceramic frit. Cladding is based on a selection of durable materials for the exposed environment. Takaka marble chip exposed aggregate precast panels provide the key lateral and gravity support for the building, whilst other building elements provide a contrast to these panels, including tapered cantilevered terraces, roof and aluminium entry canopy.

Begbie House, Nelson, side view