Farmhouse / RTA Studio

  • 01:00 - 4 September, 2013
© Whitt Preston
© Whitt Preston

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  • Project Manager

    Styles Project Management
  • Structural Engineer

    Joyce Consultants
  • Hydraulics Engineer

    Hydraulic Services Consultants
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Ryder Levett Bucknell
  • Builder

    Carbon Construction
Farmhouse / RTA Studio, © Whitt Preston
© Whitt Preston

From the architect. The house is located on a promontory on a Waikato farm overlooking vast limestone bluffs and rolling pasture. The house was commissioned by a young Auckland family with a desire to create a rural retreat to escape the city with immediate and extended family and/or friends.  Drawing from the rural vernacular, a collection of forms was conceived to engage the local environment. 

© Whitt Preston
© Whitt Preston

Three open ended pitched roofed pavilions were arranged to accommodate the three distinct functions of the house: living, family sleeping and guest sleeping with flat roofed service pods linking them together. This arrangement serves to capture views, both intimate and vast as well as provide a variety of sheltered outdoor living spaces, either private or communal. This allows the house to offer a variety of separated private spaces or communal entertainment spaces.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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