Congratulations to Richard Naish and the team at Auckland's RTA Studio: their design for the carbon-neutral 'C3' house has just been selected as a finalist in the 'Future Projects' section at the World Architecture Festival. 

The as-yet-unbuilt house has been designed for a site near Lake Wanaka, and will be constructed from 100 percent recyclable or reusable materials including local stone, timber and rammed earth. It has been designed to achieve carbon-neutral certification once completed.

Richard will travel to Singapore in October to make a presentation to the World Architecture Festival jury about the house. The World Architecture Festival winners will be announced soon afterwards. 

This is RTA Studio's fourth year in a row at the World Architecture Festival. Last year Richard's own home was a finalist. It was preceded by the RTA's AUT lecture theatre and conference centre in 2010, and the Ironbank building on Auckland's Karangahape Road in 2009. 

The renderings below of the C3 house show how it will look after construction, a subtle presence in a beautiful landscape.  We'll keep you posted with more details from the festival in October. We'll have more details on this exciting project in our October issue, too.