Bramasole / Herbst Architects

Bramasole / Herbst Architects

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Beam, GardenBramasole / Herbst Architects - Table, Windows, Beam, ChairBramasole / Herbst Architects - Chair, Windows, BeamBramasole / Herbst Architects - GardenBramasole / Herbst Architects - More Images+ 29

Waimauku, New Zealand
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Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Garden
© Lance Herbst

Text description provided by the architects. The site’s previous existence was a market garden with shelterbelts forming large outdoor rooms. Our client then planted part of the site with vineyards and fenced off paddocks for horses. He built a barn and a dressage arena. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Facade, Beam, Garden, Patio
© Lance Herbst

The house presented an opportunity to bring order to the large site.
Some division was needed between the private home and the public dressage arena.
Bi-axial landscaping elements of Gabion baskets were employed to divide the site into quadrants. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Table, Chair, Beam, Patio, Deck
© Lance Herbst

The gabion basket walls start low demarcating entry points and rise up to form the anchor wall of the house. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Brick
© Patrick Reynolds

The house has 3 positive elements with negative spaces between. These positive elements house the Lania, the garage and the bedrooms. They are articulated as simple box forms with weathered timber planked skins referencing agrarian crates. The giant crates form the edges to the negative spaces and frame views of the site. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Table, Windows, Chair, Lighting, Beam, Patio, Deck, Courtyard
© Lance Herbst
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Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Chair, Windows, Beam
© Lance Herbst

The primary negative space is the living room pavilion situated between the Lania and bedroom box. A oating roof caps the living room tipping up toward the south light and allowing a view of the tree top foliage. It is intended that the expansive roof gives the building a scale appropriate to the scale of the land. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Chair, Windows, Beam, Deck
© Patrick Reynolds

The living pavilion extends west to form a terrace and east to trap a sheltered courtyard with tree and water feature. To the north a large sun terrace. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Image 26 of 34
© Patrick Reynolds

The house is elevated on a blockwork plinth to lift it out of the potentially soggy homogenous land. This height allows the boxes to oat, gives the occupants a view over the vineyards and brings them closer to the eye height of the horseman. The plinth, intersected and edged by the gabions serves to blind the positive and negative spaces. 

Bramasole / Herbst Architects - Table, Windows, Beam, Chair
© Patrick Reynolds

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Cite: "Bramasole / Herbst Architects" 13 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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