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Cardrona Cabin - Queenstown, New Zealand

Designed as a showcase for Abodo, this seemingly simple cabin embodies our motto: Carefully Crafted Timber.

Project details

Architect
Assembly Architects
Builder
Dunlop Builders - Wanaka
Product
Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x Wood Coating
Vulcan Panelling (TG9), Uncoated
Photography credit
Simon Devitt and Chris Lea
Completion date
Early 2020

Set in the heart of Cardrona Valley, in the South Island’s harsh alpine climate, the cabin demonstrates the durability, along with the beauty of Abodo timber products and processes.

Externally, the slatted Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x Finish is designed to age and weather to the grey tones of its rocky environment, while the concrete base is imprinted with the grained texture of timber formwork.

The interior reflects warmth, texture and heart with a crafted carpentry of exposed timber structure, and highly grained timber panelling evocative of sarking in early period cottages in the area.

No longer can we use slow grown, imported timbers to build premium homes and structures in our country. This building is a showcase of what can be achieved when we think differently.

Abodo timbers are sourced from rapidly renewable New Zealand plantations that help to mitigate climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon.

Using state-of-the-art thermal modification and grain orientation technology, we can craft beautiful timbers that stand the test of time, without disadvantaging future generations.

Address: 2340 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona, Wanaka - along from the Cardrona Hotel

A few carefully crafted details

  • Façade and Roof: Abodo Vulcan timber screening, finished in Sioo:x, a silicate based wood finish designed to silver off.
  • Entry Platform: Vulcan board formed concrete with “bush hammer” finish.
  • Structure: Abodo Vulcan timber in exposed studs and rafters in raw finish combined with exposed steel portals.
  • Interiors: Abodo Vulcan Panelling TG9 – raw finish.
  • Flooring: Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech, finished in Whittle Evolution hard wax oil.
  • Kitchen: Abodo Vulcan facings, with Abodo Thermally Modified Silver Beech bench top, finished in Rubio Monocoat Intense Black.

Links and downloads

Trailer videography credit - Jiwan Singh

Interview videography credit - Grant Johnston

Awards:

  • Winner - 2020 Interior Awards - Retail Category
  • Winner - 2020 Southern Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
  • Winner - 2020 New Zealand Architecture Awards by New Zealand Institute of Architects - Small Project Architecture Category
  • Regional Category Winner - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category
  • Gold Award - 2021 Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards - Southern Region - Show Home Category
  • Gold - A' Design Award 2022 - Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category
  • Gold - Best Design Award 2022 - Spatial Retail Environment Category

Products

See more about the products that have been used on this project.

Vulcan Screening in Protector Natural Abodo Wood
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Abodos Vulcan Timber Panelling for walls and ceilings
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Abodo Wood sioox
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