Arrowtown House / Kerr Ritchie

  • 30 Aug 2013
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© Paul Mc Credie

Architects: Kerr Ritchie
Location: Arrowtown,
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Paul Mc Credie

© Paul Mc Credie

From the architect. This modest home sits on a small, sloping site on the edge of the historic precinct in Arrowtown. It was a local requirement to reference the small scale volumes and simple forms of the surrounding historic sheds and outhouses and to use a sympathetic material palette. In addition, the clients’ brief was to fit an energy efficient house within an established orchard and residential neighbourhood. It is a compact, high quality house within walking distance to work and the town centre.

© Paul Mc Credie

The house sits below the road and turns it’s back on the adjacent access way to look to the north for sun and views through the orchard up and two wooded river valleys to the mountains beyond.

© Paul Mc Credie

It uses basic passive solar principles, generous insulation, and natural materials together with more sophisticated means, like thermally broken windows and ground source energy. This makes it an energy efficient house with a low impact on both the environment and neighbourhood.

Floor Plan
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