Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects

Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects

Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Table, Shelving, Chair, Windows, BeamDrift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Windows, FacadeDrift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - CoastDrift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Handrail+ 21

Queenstown, New Zealand

Text description provided by the architects. This family home was designed as a single fluid form that reclines into the sloping landscape on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The long black form shifts and expands to suit the sun, the occupants' needs and the site.

Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Countertop, Table, Kitchen, Sink, Beam

The entry is through a hole punched in the middle creating a courtyard. This allows visitors to enter either the family home to the north or the studio/guest wing to the south. The main house pulls away from an eastern bank, to provide courtyards sheltered from the prevailing wind and summer sun. It then expands upwards to form a double level maximising the northern sun. The house rises up again to the studio, at the tail, before snaking back towards the sun and the north.

Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Windows, Facade

The roof and walls of the house are primarily clad in black steel. However, where the occupants move in and out of the house, to the north, south elevations and the entry, the steel is replaced with softer timber boards.

Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects - Windows

The interior is intended to have the resilience of an institutional building. Robust concrete floors to collect the sun, profiled insitu concrete walls and Strandboard are softened with a shiny plastic glowing screen wall and plastic light fittings. Space shifts, as well as form, up and down to create spaces that move from snug to lofty and back again.

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Cite: "Drift Bay House / Kerr Ritchie Architects" 18 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/9000/drift-bay-house-kerr-ritchie-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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