Here’s one from our archives. A private entertainment facility on the outskirts of Martinborough, built in 2006. Featuring a cellar with recycled brick vaults and a cinema with leather wall panels, contrasted against a plastered interior with recycled timber posts and beams. The exterior is concrete blockwork construction with stone cladding. Thanks to Justin Wright and Earl Rutherford who worked on this project.
With a concept to support simple and flexible living, the design for this house, perched on a ledge above Taylors Mistake Bay has evolved into a collection of elegant objects. These three vessels are grouped artfully together to create an afternoon courtyard that maximise beach views and sun. Construction will commence in early 2016.
A sneak preview. A vessel ‘beached’ on a ledge above Taylor’s Mistake Bay. A twin timber hull, boards cladding both roof and walls. A small interior courtyard. Carefully detailed cabinetry the contents of the vessel. These are some of the ideas contained in this new house at Taylor’s Mistake.
It is a closed-form design, where plan, section and detail use a language of containment. Materials are expressed as wholes, not as parts.
A conceptual approach opposite to the Taylor’s Mistake House has been used at Kenepuru.
Here a tiny cabin opens out into the landscape. Materials extend past one another and overlap, building up a rich construction language.
The surrounding deck is considerably larger than the cabin itself; bearers, joists, beams and rafters carry out past the walls of the building proper. Individual elements are layered and repeated, each joist, each board given autonomy.
Some 3D renderings of the design.
With New Zealand almost into the icy grip of winter it’s also film festival time. This year Resene is working with Rialto Cinemas and Clearly & Co to bring us the fourth Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival.
The movies are divided into four separate spheres: Architectural Perspectives, Design Inspiration, Experiments in Space, and Greenscapes.
My must-see picks for this year are screenings of two Sir Ian Athfield movies: Architect of Dreams directed by Geoffrey Cawthorn and Architect Athfield directed by Sam Neill.
The festival is screening in three New Zealand locations:
Wellington – The Embassy Theatre – 28 May – 10 Jun 2015
Dunedin – Rialto Cinemas Dunedin – 11 Jun – 21 Jun 2015
Christchurch – Academy Gold – 25 Jun – 8 Jul 2015
This year I have been appointed Convenor of the NZIA Local Awards for Canterbury.
The jury comprises three architects and an engineer: Stuart Gardyne, Justin Leadbetter, Maria Chen and Helen Trappitt.
It will be fascinating to view the work that has been done in Canterbury over the past year, and how well the new buildings are re-shaping the new city of Christchurch.