Cardrona Cabin - Wanaka, New Zealand - Abodo Wood
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Cardrona Cabin - Wanaka, New Zealand

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

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 - near the Cardrona Hotel

The Cardrona Cabin is open 9.30am - 2pm Wednesday - Sunday, otherwise by appointment (email Bernard Webster).

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.

Download a copy of the project sheet here.

Download a copy of the predictive thermal modelling report here - for Passive House / Low Energy Building.

Read more on how to fix rainscreen elements here.

For timber samples or more information, please get in touch.

The Chapel to Craft - an interview with Justin Wright of Assembly Architects

Project Details
Completion date:
Early 2020
Assembly Architects
Dunlop Builders - Wanaka
Vulcan Screening in Sioo:x Finish
Vulcan Panelling - TG9 profile
Cardrona - South Island, New Zealand
Photography credit:
Simon Devitt and Chris Lea
Trailer videography credit:
Jiwan Singh
Interview videography credit:
Grant Johnston
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


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Timber: Vulcan Cladding

Type: Rusticated 90x20MM

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Note: The figures given here include 10% wastage and are approximate only. Final order quantities are the buyer’s responsibility and should be checked and verified prior to order placement. Abodo will not accept liability for over or under-ordered items. Thank you!


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