Favourite build­ing

So­phie Wal­lace of Par­lour Projects vis­its the Martin House by John Scott in Hawke’s Bay.

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The Martin House by John Scott at Bridge Pā

“If you’re born and bred in Hawke’s Bay, like me, you’ve most likely heard about the Martin House by John Scott. I’ve al­ways known it was there, but it wasn’t un­til re­cently that I had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing this iconic home. Tucked away down a long grass drive­way on Valen­tine Road in Bridge Pā lies Bruce and Estelle Martin’s home and anagama pot­tery stu­dio.

Per­fectly pro­por­tioned, the marsh­mal­low-white home is long and nar­row, with four peaks break­ing through an oth­er­wise straight roofline. There is an au­then­tic­ity to this build­ing through its hon­est ma­te­ri­als, mod­esty and thought­ful­ness. It’s di­vided into two main wings – the left side was de­signed to ac­com­mo­date Bruce and Estelle’s three teenage sons, while the right side en­com­passes the kitchen and liv­ing spa­ces as well as the main bed­room. As with any space that feels good, this build­ing em­braces a va­ri­ety of tex­tures – the un­painted in­ter­nal block­work, the ply­wood walls, the red brick floor and the ex­posed beams. It also works with nat­u­ral light – the dou­ble-hung, floor-to­ceil­ing win­dow in the din­ing room best demon­strates this. The ex­quis­ite join­ery re­veals the fine work­man­ship of Ian Kepka, who built the house. No al­ter­ations have been made to the build­ing since it was com­pleted 47 years ago – a tes­ta­ment to its time­less qual­ity and en­dur­ing de­sign.

This is not a build­ing or a house, but a home. Ahead of its time in 1971 and a marvel to­day; it’s an art­work in it­self.”

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