On calm days, the external perimeter can be opened, transforming the house into a series of covered spaces open to the vistas.
GOLD PIN Alpine Terrace House by Fearon Hay Architects
The brief for this project was to create a sanctuary that would enable engagement with the views of the Southern Alps on all sides while offering protection from the harsh weather. The resulting scheme sees four rectangular buildings arranged around a central courtyard. On inclement days, the external perimeter can be closed and the courtyard opened to allow movement in and out of the various spaces; on calm days, the perimeter can be opened, transforming the house into a series of covered spaces open to the vistas.
The structures themselves accommodate a kitchen designed for social occasions, a dining space flanked by two sitting areas, a master suite and a pair of guest rooms, a bathroom, a library and reading room, a mudroom and garaging, all set on a plinth that begins at ground level next to a gravel arrival court and transitions to a ledge that floats above the sloping terrain. Entry is through a glazed volume set between two of the buildings. The enclosure is formed from a palette of timber, steel, metal and stone, darkened to create a homogenous silhouette.