Nelson is the sunniest city in New Zealand - a happy state of affairs for its lucky residents. But architects need to balance enjoyment of this weather with sensible protection from it.

This award winning home by local architect Richard Carver, of Carver Architects Ltd, tried to get the mix right by capitalising on the views and entertainment possibilities with large sliding doors, while ensuring that the design allowed for ample summer shade. The Vantage aluminium joinery formats that were used maximised the opportunities for indoor-outdoor flow.