Tuesday 11 Jan 2011
This Queenstown House was designed by architect Thom Craig while he was a director of his previous company +MAP, New Zealand.
The House, with all external surfaces (including the roof) totally clad in cedar, is fractured in plan and facetted in elevation and draws its 3 dimensional planning and massing inspiration from the nearby braided Shotover river and surrounding mountain ranges.
The house is positioned at the base of a large existing landscaped/terraced cutting and uses its fractured plan to create a ‘protected' court away from the spectacular river views to the northwest.
The interior spaces are threaded along a ‘fractured' corridor spine that continues the buildings external design ‘generators' into the interior where triangulated plywood ceiling ‘skins' alternate with cranked gypsum surfaces that are ‘pulled away' to expose the structural timber framework. Controlled views and framed vistas articulate the nodes and movement through the house with a large ‘cave-like' covered terrace providing the major indoor/outdoor living node by ‘linking and filtering' the activities from living, dining and kitchen spaces out into the surrounding landscape and back into the private courtyard.
An eclectic approach to the interior furnishings provides a wonderful ‘counter point' to the contemporary aesthetic of the overall development.