Design Team: Jann Hurley, Elizabeth Cotter • Builder: Van Der Putten Construction • Engineer: Tilsley Engineering
The house comprises three generously sized gable pavilions which spread across the site from East to West. The Eastern most pavilion has been pivoted around an existing Puriri Tree which effectively extends the 'arms' of the house and gives the feel of embracing the occupant upon arrival.
The entry is through the central pavilion which opens to the main living spaces of the house with a vaulted cedar ceiling above. High windows within this ceiling create vistas through to the sky and of the Puriri Tree to the South.
The three cladding materials each contribute differently to the perception of the house; the cedar used throughout both the interior and exterior of the house provides a measure of warmth contributing towards the relaxed atmosphere enjoyed within whereas the schist provides a sense of permanence and retreat. In contrast the white integra helps to simplify the exterior and turns the focus towards the elements clad in cedar and schist.
Although the gabled roof forms are reminiscent of a traditional rural aesthetic, the central gable may be conceived as a contemporary take on the form and artfully mixes old and new. Throughout the house thoughtful detailing continues this play between the traditional and contemporary which results in a house which has all of the benefits of high tech home automation while retaining the relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the traditional farmhouse.