Site size: 5 acres
Project size: 1,680 square feet
Program: A client with limited mobility requested a single-story, energy-efficient house with views of the surrounding countryside.
Location: The house, near Kawarau Gorge on New Zealand’s South Island, overlooks the neighboring vineyards and jagged hills beyond.
Solution: The house, reminiscent of Mies’s court house studies of the 1930s, is designed on a columnar grid, with timber posts planted in 13.8-foot intervals along the facade. The rectangular floor plan consists of an open living and dining area, three bedrooms, and two covered outdoor terraces in the north and south corners.
Construction methods: Timber-frame structure on a reinforced- concrete slab. Timber posts are clad in painted steel. Durable, low-maintenance materials and finishes.
Team Green Architects
Completion Date: June 2014
Gross square footage: 1,680 square feet
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record: Mark Read – Sian Taylor
Engineers: eZED - ezed.co.nz
Photographer(s): Sam Hartnett - samhartnett.com
Structural system - Timber Frame Construction on Insulated Concrete Slab
Moisture barrier: pro clima INTELLO vapour check
Other cladding unique to this project: Titan Façade Panel - James Hardie
Glass: Double Glazed Low-E Argon Filled
Wall coverings: GIB Plasterboard
Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: On-site wastewater and stormwater management. Also use of timber frame to prevent thermal bridging through steel.
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: durable materials and finishes selected for low maintenance. Also use of timber frame to prevent thermal bridging through steel.