This house design called Dixon House is designed by The Designgroup Stapleton Elliott in Martinborough, New Zealand. This project is ordered by the client. The architect’s client ask to design a weekend retreat as a place to relax, enjoy the rural landscape and share with the family member and his friend. By the architect, this living space project is placed in an established residential estate adjacent to the local golf course which is has large for about 5,000 square meters north facing the green-field site which is gently slopes up from the road.
An elevated mound mark the southern boundary, which then it is drops sharply to the perimeter boundary. This area is densely planted. The best aspect for the proposed dwelling is offers the creation of a flat platform which is cut into the middle of the site itself. Approximately two meters above the access road with the views to the north east towards the golf course and in east and south west to the distant Wairarapa mountain ranges is elevate this area.
The three pavilions which are positioned around as enclosed and sheltered courtyard is articulate the plan. The shells (pavilions) are cladded by the private zinc. While one is containing the suite master bedroom and another side is containing the accommodation and service areas for the guest which is located in each end of the house. These forms are discretely positioned to sit into the contours of the site and accommodate the more private areas of the plan. These spaces are orientated to selected views of the distant hills to the south east and northwest, whilst ensuring privacy from other parts of the house.
The central pavilions are cladded by a white plaster. It is faces to the northeast and south west and it is contains common living and the entertaining spaces. With a central focal point of a zinc-clad fireplace, it unites the private pavilions around the ‘family social center’. This form is opens to an elevated terrace and the formal front lawn on the northeastern side. It is opens onto a private courtyard to the rear side. To enjoy the hot Wairarapa summers, the large sliding doors either side of the pavilion retract to the transform of the living and dining spaces into an outdoor room. The selected views of the distant hills are provided by the small slit-windows in the southeast and to the northwest walls, while also maintaining the privacy.
A private gallery within the zinc shells is created by an open-ended circulation spine which passes through in each of the pavilions. The low level illumination and the maintaining privacy are provided by the northeastern wall of this space which is folds down the stopping short of the floor. At each end the cladding dissolves into vertical louvers providing privacy to the master bedroom and shelter to the front door.
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Photography by Paul McCredie