Skip to main content

thecollectibles:Art by Eugene Korolev

The Dixon House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Designgroup Stapleton Elliott designed the Dixon House in Martinborough, New Zealand.


dh_070214_07



dh_070214_02


dh_070214_04


dh_070214_09


dh_070214_12


dh_070214_15


dh_070214_24


dh_070214_25


dh_070214_30


Project description



Client Brief


Our client’s brief required the creation of a weekend retreat as a place to relax, enjoy the rural landscape and share with family and friends.


Site and Context


The site is located in an established residential estate adjacent to the local golf course. This large 5,000sqm north facing green-field site gently slopes up from the road. The southern boundary is marked by an elevated mound, which then drops sharply to the perimeter boundary. This area is densely planted.


Creation of a flat platform cut into the middle of the site offered the best aspect for the proposed dwelling. This area is elevated by approximately two metres above the access road with views to the north east towards the golf course and east and south west to the distant Wairarapa mountain ranges.


Design Solution


The plan is articulated into three pavilions positioned around an enclosed and sheltered courtyard.


Private zinc clad shells (pavilions), one containing the master bedroom suite and another containing guest accommodation and service areas are located at each end of the house. These forms are discretely positioned to sit into the contours of the site and accommodate the more private areas of the plan. These spaces are orientated to selected views of the distant hills to the south east and northwest, whilst ensuring privacy from other parts of the house.


A white plaster clad central pavilion faces northeast and south west and contains common living and entertaining spaces. It unites the private pavilions around the ‘family social centre’ with a central focal point of a zinc-clad fireplace. This form opens to an elevated terrace and formal front lawn on the northeastern side. To the rear it opens onto a private courtyard. Large sliding doors either side of the pavilion retract to transform living and dining spaces into an outdoor room to enjoy hot Wairarapa summers. Small slit-widows in the southeast and northwest walls provide selected views of the distant hills when seated while also maintaining privacy.


An open-ended circulation spine passes through each of the pavilions and becomes a private gallery within the zinc shells. The northeastern wall of this space folds down stopping short of the floor providing low level illumination and maintaining privacy. At each end the cladding dissolves into vertical louvers providing privacy to the master bedroom and shelter to the front door.



dh_070214_02 dh_070214_03 dh_070214_04 dh_070214_05 dh_070214_06 dh_070214_07 dh_070214_08 dh_070214_09 dh_070214_10 dh_070214_12 dh_070214_13 dh_070214_14 dh_070214_15 dh_070214_17 dh_070214_19 dh_070214_20 dh_070214_21 dh_070214_22 dh_070214_23 dh_070214_24 dh_070214_25 dh_070214_26 dh_070214_27 dh_070214_28 dh_070214_29 dh_070214_30 dh_070214_31 dh_070214_32 dh_070214_33 dh_070214_34 dh_070214_35 dh_070214_37 dh_070214_38 dh_070214_39 dh_070214_45 dh_070214_46 dh_070214_47 dh_070214_48 dh_070214_49 dh_070214_50 dh_070214_51 dh_070214_52

Design: Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Photography: Paul McCredie


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Photos Are Always Funnier When You Add a Caption (31 pics)

Stiff Pose Victorian Postmortem photography (140 Pics)

Postmortem photography or memento mori, the photographing of a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The photographs were considered a keepsake to remember the dead. Child mortality was high during the Victorian era. For many children even a common sickness could be fatal. When a child or other family member died, families would often have a photograph taken before burial. Many times it was the first and last photograph they would ever possess of their loved one. Many postmortem photographs were close-ups of the face or shots of the full body. The deceased were usually depicted to appear as if they were in a deep sleep, or else arranged to appear more life-like. Children were often shown on a couch or in a crib, often posed with a favorite toy. It was not uncommon to photograph very young children with a family member, most frequently the mother. Adults were more commonly posed in chairs or even propped up on something.

Brilliant Stairs photos