New Zealand is perhaps best know for its natural beauty (that and Lord of the Rings,) and Waikanae House is a family summer home that takes advantage of those physical traits. The home, which features a modern, multi-volume design, is set out alone, with no other houses or cottage for some distance in any direction.
Waikanae House, which takes its name from the small town nearest to it, was designed by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects. It is a seaside property, offering its residents spectacular vistas of Kapiti Island on the beachfront edge and the Tararua Ranges in the opposite direction. Among all this nature, the house stands out because of its distinctly modern design. It incorporates the regular, sharp edges of many contemporary architectural homes, a contrast against the irregularity of nature.