Landscape Architect: Wraight + Associates
Architect: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Photography: Simon Devitt
Status: Completed 2005
This landscape project draws upon a newly constructed family home and an existing rural setting. The new home is a sleek contemporary prism that floats gracefully over the shallow clavicle between two small hills. The existing landscape context is one of rolling pasture land with the stunning Central Otago ranges as a backdrop.
The site has been transformed from a muddy, nondescript paddock into a series of outdoor rooms, ephemeral stream and sprawling grass plains. New landscape insertions immediately adjacent the house, reflect its angular contemporary geometries. An intensity of elements describe the environs immediately east of the house, the main entry, deck and spa area and the paved courtyard are delivered by a series of decisively simple linear lines and extrusions. Beyond the house, the geometry is loosened, playing between the organic forces of nature (the Kowhai glade and ephemeral stream course) and the more ordered geometries of agriculture (the orchard).