Farmhouse / RTA Studio

  • 04 Sep 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
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Architects: RTA Studio, Richard Naish
Location: North Island, Waikato,
Architect In Charge: Richard Naish
Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Whitt Preston

Project Manager: Styles Project Management
Structural Engineer: Joyce Consultants
Hydraulics Engineer: Hydraulic Services Consultants
Quantity Surveyor: Ryder Levett Bucknell
Builder: Carbon Construction

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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. 

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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
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