Res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture

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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.

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