Founded in Melbourne in the late 1880’s, James Hardie officially established itself on New Zealand shores in 1937. The first major contract was the supply of the exterior walls of the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition in 1940. In the mid-1980’s the company’s namesake James Hardie pioneered the development of fibre cement technology and the designing and manufacturing of this revolutionary product became the companies main focus.
Today, the company remains a global leader in the production of such products, and the company now employs more than 2,500 people worldwide.
This black-clad Wanaka home brings contemporary style to a rustic setting. The pavilions are covered in Stria cladding by James Hardie, one of the main reasons Bennett chose the innovative material is it allow for the creative use of colour. Black matched with rusticated cedar weatherboards at the gabled ends of the pavilions signals a modern interpretation of the ski chalet: in keeping with other homes in the region, the black cladding envelopes the house and lets the property recede into the natural environment.
Made in New Zealand from premium fibre cement, Stria is “almost indestructible in any climate”, says Bennett – making it the perfect choice for this home.