Waimarie sits near the bank of a tidal creek at the head of the Mapua Inlet near Nelson. The clients wanted to overlook the creek and capture longer views both ways to the inlet and the mountains of the Richmond Range. An indoor/outdoor flow was important with the kitchen as a hub and wide decks extending the living area outside. First thoughts were that a sense of partial embedment might suggest the house has become stranded on the bank through the processes of nature, rather than deposited there by man. This might be achieved through a combination of building form, natural textures and partial concealment by planting and contouring the ground to evoke the tidal estuarine banks and hollows. Raised on piers, in case of flood, river shingle sweeps under and around it. Vertical macrocarpa cladding echoes the pattern of reeds and is weathering to driftwood grey. Anchoring stone groins connect to the landscape and regulate arrival. Firmly set, the master bedroom and office rise above the garage to command the longer sea and mountain views.