Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Local Rock Summer Residence in Auckland, New Zealand by Patterson Associates
September 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Patterson Associates
Patterson Associates have created this Summer residence on Waiheke Island. A place famous for fine vineyards with illustrious names such as Cable Bay, ManOWar and Passage Rock.
This home is located on a steep coastal escarpment above a tree fringed white sand beach on its northern coast.
The vineyards are there as a result of Waiheke’s temperate coastal climate and some rare geology seams of pyrite rock criss cross the island like veins. Its this geology that give the grapes, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, their distinctive Waiheke taste. The home uses this same local pyrite strata as a building material to create a sense of place in Architecture.
The pyrite is a dense, colourful hard stone which can be stacked, etched and layered into earthy walls and textures. The rock mass of the home is like a bridge, open both sides to exploit both the beach frontage and the afternoon sun. Under this, its main living area nestles safely into the escarpment between a spacious easterly ocean-front pool terrace and a grotto-like western courtyard to the west. The owners often use this grotto as an outdoor movie theatre.
Bedroom suites are grouped above as finely scaled, romantic and louvred lookouts in the canopy line of the trees lining the clear waters of the beach. Behind the grotto is an intimate bunkroom.
The home has been designed to be sustainably ‘green’ and uses an innovative air heating system to provide an efficient, even temperature gradient right through all levels, as well as incorporating an onsite waste treatment station and a reticulated water system with a large rain storage facility.
This design creates the New Zealand residence for an expatriate family. Its site on a steep East facing coastal escarpment just above a pohutukawa fringed white sand beach and is accessed via a beachfront lane below.
Its composition seeks to create a ‘sense of place’ in New Zealand.
A rock mass forms a bridge to exploit both the sea frontage and limited Westerly light. Under this, the living area nestles into the escarpment contrasting an intimate living terrace to the North-East with a grotto-like western courtyard. Bedroom areas are grouped above as finely scaled louvred lookouts at the canopy level of the pohutukawas.
The building uses materiality to become intimately scaled to ‘belong’ in its setting. This strategy is empathetic in that it intends to facilitate the homes occupants to feel the same way.
About Patterson Associates
Patterson Associates is New Zealand’s most internationally recognised architectural practice. Pattersons has clients and projects as far afield as India, Singapore, Australia, Germany and China.
The practice is based on a very simple idea; if a building naturally belongs, feels like it fits logically into a place, into an environment, a time and culture, then the people that inhabit the building will likely feel a sense of belonging there as well. This methodology connects theories of beauty, confidence, economy and comfort.
About Andrew Patterson
Andrew Patterson’s early work on New Zealand’s unspoiled coasts explored relationships between people and landscape to create a sense of belonging. He founded his architecture studio based on a very simple idea; if a building can feel like it naturally ‘belongs’, or fits logically into a place, a landscape, into an environment, a time and culture, then the people that inhabit the building will likely feel a sense of belonging there as well. This methodology connects theories of beauty, confidence, economy and comfort.
Andrew Patterson creates contemporary forms rooted in strong consideration for the building’s usage. His designs are underpinned by sound environmentally sustainable building principles, finished with an informed use of materials with elegant and robust detailing. He creates places where people feel like they logically belong, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
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