In Bendemeer, this house of three parts delivers a tactile materiality perfectly suited to its alpine surrounds.
Designed by AW Architects, the orientation of this rural home was determined by views of the surrounding peaks – the Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Each volume in this eclectic trio has its own distinct personality – informed by its intended use – the social area, the master bedroom and ensuite, and the garage and guest rooms.
However, despite their seemingly disparate forms, the commonality is found in the materiality, consistent across all with concrete, timber, and steel throughout.
“The original idea was that each form had a different
function, so the different materials actually served
to reinforce the fact they were different,” says Prue
Johnstone, who, at the time, worked for AW Architects
and acted as project lead for this design.
The middle wing is all about sociability. Front face to the
pond, it acknowledges the magnetism of water. This area
has been softened by timber and much attention has
been paid to providing the wall space and hardware to
accommodate and highlight the owners’ art collection,
which boasts Colin McCahon and Michael Parekowhai
Underfoot is another key feature of the space, a highly
decorative – and functional – honed concrete floor,
coloured with PeterFell 675, a chalky grey tone from the
Charcoal Range. By utilising a deep grind, allowing the
aggregate to create a striking feature, the depth of colour
is also enhanced – an aesthetic perfectly fitted to the rest
of this volume’s interior.
The natural irregularity of the aggregate and deep grey
charcoal tonality combines with the rusticity of the
timber, while bespoke steel hardware on barn-style
hanging doors and on brackets, and the rhythmic
patterns of the steel bracing in the walkways form a
highly tactile repose.