Blade of Glory

Blade of Glory add

A contemporary home of contrasts, a sun-bleached surfers' stay, a premier bar and grill restaurant and a Coromandel bush retreat were just some of the winning designs celebrated at the 2016 Waikato Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.

This week Defign Blog looks at a striking design by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture.

Judges describe Ridgeline Home as an uncomplicated building sheltered behind a blade of corten steel.

Kris says the elongated, shallow form was conceived in response to the site ‘sunken slightly into the natural contour of the ridge and anchored by a corten ‘spine’ acting as a continuous southern rain screen’.

The spine serves as a key sculptural element of the home, inspired by the local ridgeline topography and by the client’s career in complex industrial engineering and steel fabrication. The spine also serves as a wind break. A series of slot windows accentuate the length of the feature and provide framed harbour views. The exterior palette of the home is primarily dark stained cedar weatherboards that compliment the colour of the surrounding native bush.

The interior contains further sculptural elements in the window mullion spacing and kitchen cabinetry. The interior is subdued so as not to compete with the views of bush clad hills, islands and coastline. The external corten steel is referenced internally through the front door, tile and cabinetry colours.

Sustainability is addressed through material selection, water re-use, solar orientation and temperature regulation via deep eaves. Cross flow ventilation and a quality thermal envelope are key in ensuring the home is comfortable to live in.

CEO of ADNZ, Astrid Andersen, said that ‘Ridgeline Home’ is another masterpiece from the talented Kris Wilson.

“Kris demonstrates year after year why he is one of ADNZ’s success stories. He delivers beautiful, innovative work which inspires. Well done to Kris and well done to all our Waikato winners. The recognition and reward that comes with an ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award is well deserved.”


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